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Del Close & John BrentHow To Speak Hip ... LP
Mercury/Go Bop (Germany), 1961. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
A hilarious album – not dated at all, and really pretty groovy stuff that holds up well over time! The format is this: Brent and Close are the hippie and straight man – presenting a guide to talking "hip", which is a mixture of beatnik and junkie slang, delivered in a variety of settings and interview styles. The album should be hokey, but given Close's hipness at the time, and his relaxed Chicago improv style, it comes off extremely well – and makes the album a treasure to listen to, filled with great bits that we'd love to see sampled on hip hop records (hint, hint!) Titles include "The Hang Up", "Basic Hip", "The Loose Wig", "Cool", "Uncool", and "Summary". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tom BrowneMo' Jamaica Funk ... CD
Hip Bop, 1994. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Tom BrowneR'N'Browne ... CD
Hip Bop/Silva Screen, 1999. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Essence All StarsHub Art – A Celebration Of The Music Of Freddie Hubbard ... CD
Hip Bop, 1995. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Essence All StarsOrganic Grooves ... CD
Hip Bop, 1996. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Dave McMurrayPeace Of Mind ... CD
Hip Bop/Silva, 1999. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole. Out of print.)

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✨✧ Dave McMurraySoul Searching ... CD
Hip Bop, 2001. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Michael Patches StewartBlue Patches ... CD
Hip Bop, 1997. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Lenny WhitePresent Tense ... CD
Hip Bop, 1995. Used ... $3.99
With Chick Corea and Bernard Wright on keyboards, Michael Brecker on saxes, and Marcus Miller on bass! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Miles DavisDoo Bop ... CD
Warner, 1992. Used ... $1.99
Miles must have turned over in his grave with this one – although it went on to influence a decade of jazz remix projects! Miles spacey trumpet is remixed from tapes recorded before his death, and production is handled by Easy Mo Bee, with kind of a "hip hop meets jazz" sort of flair. Titles include "Chocolate Chip", "High Speed Chase", "Fantasy", "Duke Booty", "Mystery", and "The Doo Bop Song". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ed PiskorHip Hop Family Tree Monthly #8 ... Book
Fantagraphics, 2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The comic series that tells the tale of the early days of hip hop – but presents the story in the style of a Marvel Comics tabloid from the 70s! Ed Piskor's approach to the material is really unique – and he extrapolates historical details into an extended narrative of the scenes with colorful comic-style images. The monthly series anthologizes the stories in a way that's even truer to Piskor's comic book influences than the graphic novel collections. Amazing! Issue #8 looks at the dawn Run DMC era – straight from the streets of Hollis, Queens – plus comic book take on the story behind "Beat Bop" with Rammellzee & Jean-Michel Basquiat, Herbie Hancock's "Rockit", Rick Rubin and the young Beastie Boys, World Class Wreckin Cru and more! Book

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✨✧ VariousMonster Bop ... CD
Buffalo Bop (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
True treasures from the glory days of the novelty horror tune – a time when folks were cutting some really groovy music with the same audio appeal as a schlocky visuals of a monster movie! Many numbers here are heavy on hip production tricks, odd instrumentation, and sound effects – usually layered strongly in the course of a straight-ahead rocker – so that the tunes are as catchy as they are playful! There's loads and loads of numbers in here we've never heard before – music that goes way past "Monster Mash" territory – and the set features a whopping 30 tracks in all, with titles that include "Don't Meet Mr Frankenstein" by Carlos Casal, "I Was A Teenage Monster" by The Keystones, "Nightmare" by Scottie Stuart, "Graveyard" by Larry Bowman, "The Skeleton Fight" by Mack Allen Smith, "The Monster Hop" by Jimmy Dee, "Story That's True" by Carl Bonafede, "The Gorilla" by Bert Convy, "Leopard Man" by Joe Wallace, and "The Monster" by Bobby Please. CD

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Richie ColeAlive At The Village Vanguard ... LP
Muse, 1981. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Richie Cole is a player who really opens up in a live setting – drawing on decades of bop inspiration, and also moving into some hipper 70s-styled grooves as well! This set really shows that aspect of Cole's work – as it's got Richie working with an ensemble that matches his sense of energy nicely – playing boppish one minute, bluesy the next, and in some lively rhythmic modes the rest – a cool little lineup with Bobby Enriquez on piano and Bruce Forman on guitar. Titles include a hip long take of "Samba De Orfeu", done with rhythms that are quite different than usual – plus "Punishment Blues", "Body & Soul", "Alto Acres", and "Yardbird Suite". LP, Vinyl record album

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Miles Davis/Art BlakeyAscenseur Pour L'Echafaud/Des Femmes Disparaissent (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Fontana (Japan), 1957. Very Good ... $33.99
A great album that features 2 famous jazz soundtracks back to back, one on each side! Side one features Miles Davis legendary recording for Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud – One of our favorite-ever Davis albums, and a stunning soundtrack that began a rich legacy of jazz scores in France! Miles recorded this material during late-night post-gig sessions with a great group that includes French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, plus American ex-patriot Kenny Clarke. Wilen's playing is fantastic, and it's great to hear him and Miles together on the score's spooky meandering passages. The album reproduces the original 10 track lineup of the material – and titles include "Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "L'Assassinat De Carla", "Diner Au Motel", "Evasion De Julien", and "Sur L'Autoroute". Side 2 presents Art Blakey's wonderful score to the 1959 film Des Femmes Disparaissent – which features work by Jazz Messengers Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, and Benny Golson, recorded in Paris in 1958, with a hip swinging hardbop sound. The record is totally amazing – 18 short-running tracks of Blakey's bop genius, fiery little film nuggets in tight blasts! The foldout package features a wonderful replication of the original release art and stills of the film's babes. Includes "Pierre Et Beatrice", "Mambo Dans La Voiture", "La Divorcee De Leo Fall", "and "Des Femmes Dispariassent". Plus, the whole thing is one of those groovy "girl cover" Fontana albums from the UK in the 60s! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vintage Japanese pressing.)

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DJ Krush & Toshinori KondoKi-Oku ... CD
Instinct, 1998. Used ... $6.99
While most collaborations between hip hop producers and jazz players have been mediocre at best, neither really being able to get invloved enough in each other's music, this collaboration between Kondo and Krush is almost entirely successful. Kondo's played in just about every style from all out free jazz to hard bop, and Krush's spare and slightly abstract approach to both the turntables and with his beats creates just the right backdrop. We got open on "Ha Doh", "Sun Is Shining", "Fu Yu" and "Ki gen". 13 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print.)

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Dizzy GillespieWorld Statesman ... LP
Verve, 1956. Very Good ... $3.99
A real gem from the height of Dizzy's big band years at Verve – a stunning little set that features a hip larger group that includes Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Rod Leavitt, Phil Woods, Ernie Wilkins, and Billy Mitchell. The groove here is well-orchestrated, well-placed soul – with less of the playful bop touches of earlier sides, and more of a hiply modern style that shows Dizzy stretching out in larger shades of color and tone. And while the "World Statesmen" cover and image might make you wary of some gimmick on the set, the album's key Gillespie through and through – a deft turn away from the styles of the bop years, into a world of sound that would support his career strongly for years to come! Titles include "Tour De Force", "Doodlin", "Night In Tunisia", "The Champ", "My Reverie", and "Dizzy's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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Roy HaynesCymbalism ... LP
Prestige, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A cracker of an album – as fresh today as it was when it was first released in 1963! Roy Haynes is probably best known to the world for his bop work, but in the early 60s, he was a budding modernist with a real sense for lyrical improvisation. As part of a generation that was working on newly musical ways of using the drums – players that included Andrew Cyrille and Chico Hamilton – Haynes had a way of making the kit talk that's quite different than his roots in 50s jazz. Here, he's playing with a very hip quartet that includes Frank Strozier on alto and flute, Ronnie Matthews on piano, and Larry Ridley on bass – crafting tunes that swing at a lovely level, yet also have far-reaching and exploratory passages. The whole album's a delight – and titles include "Modette", "Go N Git It", "La Palomeinding", and "Hag". LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackie & RoyJackie & Roy ... CD
Savoy/Atlantic, 1948. Used ... $2.99
Some of the earliest work ever recorded by Jackie & Roy – cut when the fab vocal duo was still in the company of Charlie Ventura, forging a bop harmony sound that was as groundbreaking as the early vocalese work of Jon Hendricks, Dave Lambert, or Annie Ross! The pair had a hip swinging style that was always great – with a strong talent for riffing vocally on a bebop tune, then shifting over for a serious interpretation of a moody ballad, and rolling back again into a hard uptempo number. This set has them in the company of some tight members from Ventura's group – including Charlie himself on tenor, Norman Faye on trumpet, and Benny Green on trombone. Titles include "Lonely Woman", "Pina Colada", "FYI", "Euphoria", and "Deed I Do". CD also features one bonus track not on the original LP! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Milt JacksonOpus De Jazz (Arista) ... LP
Savoy, 1955. Near Mint- ... $3.99
One of the best-known 50s jazz sessions from the Savoy label – a laidback classic that's a great illustration of the label's shift in modes after the early bop years! The setting here is relatively informal – with Milt Jackson as the ersatz leader, working almost in blowing session mode with hip players who include Frank Wess on flute and tenor, Hank Jones on piano, Eddie Jones on bass and Kenny Clarke on drums – all players who relax into a groove wonderfully, and really open up on the album's four long tracks. Titles include the classic reading of "Opus De Funk", plus "Opus Pocus", "You Leave Me Breathless", and "Opus & Interlude". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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Elvin JonesAnd Then Again ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $14.99
A sweet early date as a leader from Elvin Jones – one that has him working strongly away from a John Coltrane setting, with some hip arrangements by Melba Liston! Elvin brings in some excellent accompaniment from two other Joneses as well – Thad on cornet and Hank on piano – both of whom show their modernist tendencies more strongly here than in other work from the time – and the group also features great work from Charles Davis on baritone, Hunt Peters on trombone, and Frank Wess on flute and tenor sax! Most of the tracks on the album – such as "Azan", "Elvin Elpus", and "All Deliberate Speed" – are tightly snapping Melba Liston arrangements with a good mix of bop and modernist ideas, but one track – "And Then Again" – is a very nice improvised piece by the group. CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Howard McGhee & Milt JacksonHoward McGhee & Milt Jackson ... LP
Savoy, Early 50s. Good ... $19.99
Sharp-edged early bop material from a very hip sextet – one that features both Howard McGhee on trumpet and Milt Jackson on vibes – plus a very young Jimmy Heath on alto and baritone sax! LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy red label pressing. Cover has some wear & splitting. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Quartet/Oscar Peterson TrioModern Jazz Quartet & The Oscar Peterson Trio At The Opera House (first cover) ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $9.99
The Modern Jazz Quartet make a rare appearance on Verve Records in the 50s – splitting half the album here with the classic Oscar Peterson Trio! The live performance was recorded in Chicago, and definitely has the MJQ working in a looser vibe than on some of their late 50s recordings for Atlantic – a bit more open and swinging, in a Verve mode – with some of the bop inspiration that first showed up on their early Prestige recordings – as you'll hear on the cuts "Now's The Time", "Round Midnight", and "D&E Blues". The second half of the record features live material from Oscar Peterson's hip group with Herb Ellis on guitar and Ray Brown on bass – that great drum-less lineup that really lets Oscar take off on piano – on tunes that include "Big Fat Mama", "Should I Love You", "Indiana", and "Elevation". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on Columbia, in a green tinted cover. Cover has some gloss peeling at the opening.)

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Frank Morgan AllstarsReflections ... LP
Contemporary, 1988. Near Mint- ... $4.99
Excellent later work from Frank Morgan – the legendary LA altoist who first burned brightly in the bop generation, then came back to make really rich recordings like this! The set's got Frank in some really great company – a hip sextet that features Joe Henderson on tenor, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – a sweet modern jazz lineup that ensures that the record's filled with sharp changes and deep colors – arguably a lot more so than some of Morgan's later revival sessions – with a vibe that's much more like some of Hutcherson or Henderson's best from the 80s. Titles include "Old Bowl New Grits", "Starting Over", "Reflections", "OK", and "Black Narcissus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp & some marker.)

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Starchild JrHand Me Down Diapers ... LP
Everland (Austria), 2017. New Copy ... $23.99
Garrett Shider's lost none of his charm over the years – and although contemporary, the set's got the same sharp crackle he first delivered back in the day, when working as part of George Clinton's P-Funk empire! Shider sings and plays lots of tightly-riffing guitar – in a nicely spare setting that's mostly just got a lot of bass, funky drums, and keyboards for support – plus chorus vocals that have that same back/forth vibe of a late 70s Parliament jam! The whole thing's surprisingly hip – much better than just some lame P-Funk cash-in, with a quality level that's honestly better than most of the later Clinton productions – and a style that's more early 80s P-Funk than 21st Century. Titles include "Nightcap", "Rawlife Theme", "Sugar Rush", "Bop Gun 17", "Hard Pill", and "Jamnastics". LP, Vinyl record album

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Sonny StittDumpy Mama ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... About October 25, 2017
A pretty wild album from legendary saxophonist Sonny Stitt – one that's quite different from the bop of his roots, but equally groovy in its own sort of way! The album is a handful that Sonny cut in the 70s with an electric vibe – similar to his work for Chess and Prestige records ad the time, and a great new outlet for his maturing reed style – thanks to the handling of the Flying Dutchman label! The cover and title might make you assume the set's an all-out funk affair – but instead, it's a reworking of older Stitt modes, into a hip 70s style – with keyboards and piano from Mike Wofford, and some additional work on saxes from Pee Wee Ellis and Frank Strozier – both players who provide nice backing to Sonny's solos. Highlights include the mighty ten minute title track, "Dumpy Mama" – and the cut "Jason", which has a slight Latin vibe, thanks to percussion from Ray Barretto. Other titles are nice, too – reworked standards with a 70s vibe – including "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Just Friends", and "Danny Boy For Ben". CD

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VariousGiant Single – The Profile Records Rap Anthology (colored vinyl) (2017 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Profile, Mid 80s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99 24.98
The Profile Records label may be best-remembered as the initial home of Run DMC – but back in the day, the company was one of the top imprints on the New York scene – and one of the few who could be a bit bigtime, yet still keep the right sort of ears to the ground! The selection here certainly lives up to that legacy – as the music is filled with some overlooked treasures, mixed with a few key classics – all to serve up a perfect portrait of the hip hop underground as it was really breaking out and moving up! Titles include "Genius Rap" by Dr Jeckyll & Mr Hyde, "Whip Rap" by Disco Four, "Word Of Mouth" by King Kut, "A Fly Guy" by Pebblee Poo, "Fresh" by Fresh 3 MCs, "Beat Bop" by Rammelzee Vs K-Rob, "Nightmares" by Dana Dane, "Get Off My Tip" by Masterdon Committee, "Lies Lies" by Rap-O-Matic, "It's My Beat" by Sweet Tee & Jazzy Joyce, "Drag Rap" by The Showboys, "Here Comes That Beat" by Pumpkin & The Profile All-Stars, and "Sucker MCs (Krush Groove 1)" by Run-DMC. LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing – includes download!)

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✨✧ Miles Davis/Art BlakeyAscenseur Pour L'Echafaud/Des Femmes Disparaissent (Mercury) ... LP
Fontana (France), 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great album that features 2 famous jazz soundtracks back to back, one on each side! Side one features Miles Davis legendary recording for Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud – One of our favorite-ever Davis albums, and a stunning soundtrack that began a rich legacy of jazz scores in France! Miles recorded this material during late-night post-gig sessions with a great group that includes French players Barney Wilen, Rene Urtreger, and Pierre Michelot, plus American ex-patriot Kenny Clarke. Wilen's playing is fantastic, and it's great to hear him and Miles together on the score's spooky meandering passages. The album reproduces the original 10 track lineup of the material – and titles include "Florence Sur Les Champs-Elysees", "L'Assassinat De Carla", "Diner Au Motel", "Evasion De Julien", and "Sur L'Autoroute". Side 2 presents Art Blakey's wonderful score to the 1959 film Des Femmes Disparaissent – which features work by Jazz Messengers Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, and Benny Golson, recorded in Paris in 1958, with a hip swinging hardbop sound. The record is totally amazing – 11 short-running tracks of Blakey's bop genius, fiery little film nuggets in tight blasts! Includes "Pierre Et Beatrice", "Mambo Dans La Voiture", "La Divorcee De Leo Fall", "and "Des Femmes Dispariassent". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Dutch pressing. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Dexter GordonGreat Encounters ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A warmly collaborative effort from Dexter Gordon – one of his most satisfying albums from the late 70s Columbia revival, thanks to the presence of a hip array of guest artists! The album was recorded both live and in the studio – but the feeling is relatively spontaneous throughout – with a freewheeling, bop-heavy energy that really brings the most out of these famous "encounters"! 2 tracks feature Johnny Griffin on tenor, going head to head with Dex in really classic mode on "Blues Up & Down" and "Cake". 2 more tracks – "Diggin It" and "It's Only A Paper Moon" – feature trumpet from Woody Shaw, trombone from Curtis Fuller, and some especially great vocals from Eddie Jefferson – stretching out here with an energy and focus that almost beats most of the albums under his own name from the 70s! One more track – "Ruby My Dear" – is taken as a long solo vehicle by Gordon, no guest star present, with rhythm by the core trio of George Cables on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Eddie Gladden on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear & a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Hank MobleyDippin' ... CD
Blue Note, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Hank's most solid sessions from the mid 60's – recorded with a hard-biting lineup that has Lee Morgan, Harold Mabern, and Larry Ridley – coming together under Mobley's expansive style of the time! The record's a key turning point in his career – as Hank moves from a straight hard bop sound closer to the modally-inflected soul jazz styles he was turning out at the end of his career – emerging as an extremely talented writer with hip original tunes like "Ballin", "The Vamp", "The Dip", and "The Break Through". One of his best! CD
(Out of print, pre-RVG version.)
 
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Freddie HubbardFastball – Live At The Left Bank ... CD
Label M, 1967. Used ... $5.99
Great live material – recorded during the late 60s as part of the Left Bank Jazz Society series in Baltimore, but never issued until now! The work captures Freddie Hubbard in that great Atlantic Records mode – crafting a mixture of hip hardbop and nascent 70s soul soloing, working here with a quintet that features all wonderful players, including Benny Maupin on tenor, Kenny Barron on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Freddie Waits on drums. The set's one of the best in this series on Label M – and it's essential work if you dig Hubbard at this key moment! Titles include "Pensativa", "Echoes Of Blue", "Crisis", and "Bob's Place". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ron JeffersonLove Lifted Me ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A tremendous early album from drummer Ron Jefferson – a key players in the LA scene of the early 60s, and an artist who only cut a rare few sides! The album's wonderful for so many reasons – not the least of which is its lineup, which includes a young Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Frank Strazzeri on piano, Wilbur Brown on tenor, and Tricky Lofton on trombone. As with some of the hippest soul bop sides on Pacific Jazz of the time – like work by Curtis Amy – the tunes range from down-and-dirty soul jazz numbers, to other styles of tunes that show a really expansive conception of jazz. One of the best of the latter is the tremendous 10 minute "For Carl Perkins", written by Leroy Vinnegar for the late LA bop pianist of the same name – and featuring a slow, sad groove that has plenty of room for amazing solo work by Hutcherson. Another great number is "George's Dilemma", written by Richie Powell, and also recorded as "Richie's Dilemma" – and other tracks include "Love Lifted Me", "Little One", and "Ivy League Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi!)

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✨✧ PrestigePrestige Disc Guide (paperback) ... Book
Du Books (Japan), 2013. New Copy Book ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful book on the legendary Prestige Records label – some of the hippest hardbop of the 50s, the coolest soul jazz of the 60s, and the funkiest grooves of the 70s! The book is similar to some of the Blue Note discographies we've stocked from Japan over the years – in that it offers up listings for hundreds of records – with black and white images of the album cover art, plus recording dates, personnel, catalog number, and titles in English – and an additional review of the record in Japanese. The book begins with the first 12" albums on Prestige – the 7000 series – then moves through the early 70s – and also has sections on the New Jazz/Status, Swingville/Moodsville, and early 70s Prestige 10000 funk series too. The back features a complete list of all 12" albums on the label – and the whole thing is over 300 pages, and provides essential information on the label – even if you can't read the reviews in Japanese. Book

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✨✧ Parliament5 Classic Albums (Mothership Connection/Clones Of Dr Funkenstein/Funketelechy Vs The Placebo Syndrome/Motor Booty Affair/Gloryhallastoopid) ... CD
Casablanca/Universal (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 5 CDs ... $26.99 29.99
A funk fan's dream come true – five classic albums from Parliament, all presented in tiny LP-styled covers! First up is Mothership Connection – still some of the tightest, sharpest funk you'll ever hear – all these many decades later. The instrumentation is razor-sharp – played by giants like Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins, and Bernie Worrell – and the lyrics still have all the edginess and naughtiness of the earlier years – tied together wonderfully to make a very unified album, and one that's full of classics too! Titles include "Mothership Connection (Star Child)", "Night Of The Thumpasorus Peoples", "P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)", "Handcuffs", "Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker)", and "Unfunky Ufo". Clones Of Dr Funkenstein has that tightened-up P-Funk sound that was working so perfectly at the time – still with all the fuzzy haired elements of earlier years, but presented with a bit more focus – and a powerhouse swing that really drives the tracks home with a funky groove on the bottom! There's a flowing sort of energy here that almost makes you think that the whole thing just emerged naturally from the brain of George Clinton – but all ensemble players have a strong hand in the action, and really get some great moments in on the set. Cuts include "Gamin' On Ya", "Do That Stuff", "Children Of Production", and "I've Been Watching You (Move Your Sexy Body)". Funkentelechy is a masterful dose of slick mothership jamming – perfectly woven together with that tightly compressed style that really served Clinton's production work well. The tracks are long, but never too loopy – and thanks to help from the Bernie Worrell, Jerome Brailey, Gary Shider, and the Horny Horns, the album stays very tight instrumentally all the way through! Loads of Parliament classics, including "Bop Gun", "Funkentelechy", "Sir Nose D'Voidoffunk", and the massive "Flash Light", which we've heard a million times, but which never ceases to amaze us! On Motorbooty Affair, The Mothership goes under water – as George Clinton and crew groove away nicely on this water-themed set of tracks designed to raise Atlantis from the deep! The overall sound is perhaps not as totally perfect as some of the earlier albums, but the P-Funk machine is still in full effect – cranking away nice and hard on tracks like "Liquid Sunshine", "Motor Booty Affair", "Deep", "Rumpofsteelskin", and "(Your'e A Fish And I'm A) Water Sign". Plus, the album more than makes up for a lack of standout tracks with a nicely-united theme – almost a "concept album" of the funky type! Gloryhallastoopid is a set that's very tight and funky, and which really picks up the groove first laid down on "Flashlight"! There's a tightly snapping approach here that rivals the best late 70s work by Funkadelic – the later P-Funk mode that's even more focused on rhythms than before, and which gets away from the sloppy stuff to really hit home with the groove! Tunes are steeped in horny horns, wah wah guitar, and lots of electric keyboards – and titles include "The Big Bang Theory", which is virtually a blueprint for the LA G-funk sound of the 80s – plus the tracks "The Freeze", "May We Bang You?", "Party People", and "(GloryHallaStoopid) Pin The Tail On The Funky". CD

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Tom ZeReturn Of Tom Ze – Hips Of Tradition – Brazil Classics 5 ... CD
Luaka Bop, 1992. Used ... $1.99
A great return for the legendary Tom Ze – an artist who'd been brought back to prominence via the efforts of a Luaka Bop compilation – then given this great chance to record for the label on his own! The set's a great return to form for Ze – who sprung from this moment into a renewed period of creative energy – really drawing on his crucial years of groundbreaking sounds in Brazil during the Tropicalia generation, and especially the 70s – when Tom had really moved off into a realm of his own. Most tracks are relatively short, and pretty enigmatic – a flurry of the sounds and verbal experiments that always made Ze so great! Titles include "Jingle Do Disco", "Cortina 3", "Amar", "Ogodo, Ano 2000", "Feira De Santana", "Fliperama", and "Tatuaramba". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousBossanova – Cool Bossa Nova & Hip Samba Sounds From Rio De Janeiro ... CD
We Want Sounds (France), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99
Not some overplayed bossa pop numbers, but instead the very real deal – the kind of cuts that set the Rio scene on fire when they were first released at the start of the 60s – and which still sound wonderful all these many years later, especially when brought together in a collection this huge! Many of these numbers weren't issued in the US at the time – or anywhere else outside of Brazil – and the package is overflowing with rare gems that show off the perfect blend of jazzy instrumentation, light but lively rhythms, and blue-tinged vocals that made the bossa generation so great! Titles include "Ciume" by Alaide Costa, "Tema Sem Palavras" by Johnny Alf, "Sambop" by Leny Andrade, "Tem Que Balancar" by Celso Murilo, "Muito A Vontade" by Joao Donato, "Boato" by Walter Wanderley, "Mesmo De Mentira" by Elis Regina, "Onde Anda O Meu Amor" by Orlandivo, "A Rosa" by Ed Lincoln, "Pernas" by Sergio Ricardo, "Nem Eu" by Lucio Alves, "Meditacao" by Maysa, "Samba De Uma Nota So" by Sylvia Telles, "Chega De Saudade" by Elizete Cardoso, and "Samba Em Preludio" by Agostinho Dos Santos & Rosana Toledo. 2CD set features 40 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ VariousBeat Generation – L'Anthologie Musicale – Hep Cats, Hipsters, & Beatniks 1936 to 1962 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), Late 30s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A really cool set that looks at the rise of late 50s beatnik culture from a variety of different styles – not just the jazz and poetry that marked that scene's biggest contribution to music – but also the wealth of modes that inspired those years too! The 3CD package features a stunning 57 titles in all – and begins in the late 30s with hard-edged small combo work and jive-heavy vocal tracks – then runs past WWII to include some bebop, R&B, and very cool vocal numbers – before moving into Greenwich Village classic sounds in a mix of spoken word, jazz poetry, and even a bit of folk! The booklet is filled with notes and history in both English and French – and titles include "The Beat Generation" by Bob McFadden, "High School Drag" by Phillipa Fallon, "The Nazz" by Lord Buckley, "American Haikus" by Jack Kerouac & Al Cohn, "Route 66" by Bobby Troup, "Gator Tail (part 2)" by Cootie Williams, "Rock & Roll" by Wild Bill Moore, "Killin Jive" by Cats & The Fiddle, "You'se A Viper" by Stuff Smith, "Scrapple From The Apple" by Les Double Six, "Kookie's Mad Pad" by Ed Byrnes, "So What" by Eddie Jefferson, "Howl" by Allen Ginsberg, "I Sing Of Olaf" by Roger Steffans, "Say Man" by Bo Diddley, "Shulie A Bop" by Sarah Vaughan, and "The Rocket Ship Show" by Jocko Henderson. CD

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✨✧ Roy Haynes QuartetLive At The Riverbop ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 1979. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A hip 70s session from Roy Haynes – recorded in Paris, and a fair bit different than some of his few American dates of the time! The group's a very cool one – with alto and flute from Ricardo Strobert, plus guitar, electric bass, and Roy's drums – a groove that's partly electric, but not really in a fusion way – more a semi-spiritual jazz vibe, with almost a Strata East or Black Jazz undercurrent at times! Haynes wrote most of the tunes for the record, and they're some very sharp-edged numbers – never as arch-modern as some of his work in later years, and instead handled with a wicked sense of rhythm – almost a deeper 70s extension of the wonderful groove that Roy brought to his few dates as a leader in the 60s. The whole thing's a key lost chapter in Haynes career – and titles include versions of Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower" and Wayne Shorter's "Foot Prints" – plus the originals "I'm So High", "Bull Fight", "Riverbop Blues", and "True or False". CD

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✨✧ Jutta HippJutta Hipp Quintet – New Faces New Sounds From Germany (10 inch LP) ... LP
Blue Note, 1954. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An amazing early bop session from Germany! During the 50s, pianist Jutta Hipp cut a number of straighter sides for Blue Note that were recorded in the US – but this first album has her working with German contemporaries like Joki Freund on tenor sax and Emil Mangelsdorff on alto, carving out a dark little batch of tracks with a sharper edge than you'd expect! Although Hipp's the leader, it's the amazing horn interplay that really makes the record shine – as Mangelsdorff and Freund work in unison on many of the intros to the songs, cutting back and forth like a double-edged sword, then breaking out into wonderfully compact solos. About 3 tracks feature Hipp in a trio, but the remaining 5 feature this quintet – and it's just great! Titles include "Cleopatra", "Mon Petit", "What's New", and "Variations". 2015 Blue Note Authorized Dealer pressing – in celebration of Blue Note's 75th Anniversary – and the indie retailers that support them! LP, Vinyl record album

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Art Ensemble Of ChicagoNaked ... LP
DIW (Japan), 1986. Near Mint- ... $36.99
The start of a beautiful relationship between the Art Ensemble Of Chicago and the DIW label – a Japanese imprint who brought the group back to full prominence in the years after they stopped recording for ECM! DIW also let the group really do their own thing, too – almost moving back to some of their best 70s modes in a recording like this – nicely mixing up many different strands of musical influences, all in a very open space that leaves plenty of room for more sensitive moments. The only change might be the increasing presence of some of Lester Bowie's brassier modes – which bring a straighter groove at a few points – but the offbeat reed work of Joseph Jarman and Roscoe Mitchell more than offset those moments. Titles include "Charm #10", "Dancer", "We Bop", "Galactic Landscape", "RMR", and "Way Way Down Yonder". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice copy – with obi!)

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Art Blakey/Georges Arvanitas/JATPJazz In Paris – Jazz Et Cinema Vol 2 – Des Femmes Disparaissent/Les Tricheurs/La Bride Sur Le Cou ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1958/1961. New Copy ... $9.99
Three great French jazz soundtracks on one CD! The bulk of the set is taken up with Art Blakey's wornderful score to the film Des Femmes Disparaissent – which features work by Jazz Messengers Lee Morgan, Bobby Timmons, and Benny Golson, recorded in Paris in 1958, with a hip swinging hardbop sound. These tracks make up 17 titles on the CD – with songs that include "Mambo Dans La Voiture", "Merlin", "Tom", "Nasol", and "Blues Pour Vava", plus a few solo drum tracks that are really great! 4 more tracks are from the rare ep-only soundtrack to Les Tricheurs – played by a Jazz At The Philharmonic group that includes Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Coleman Hawkins, and Roy Eldridge. Tracks on those numbers include "Les Tricheurs", "Phil's Tune", and "Mic's Jump". The last 2 tracks on the CD – "La Bride Sur Le Cou" and "Brigitte Strip Blues" – are by a quintet led by pianist Georges Arvanitas, and featuring trumpet by Bernard Vitet and tenor by Francois Jenneau. Very hip stuff all around – and a real treat for fans of jazz and film alike! CD

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Johnny ColesLittle Johnny C (2LP 180 gram 45 RPM) ... LP
Blue Note/Music Matters, 1963. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $43.99
A rare session as a leader from trumpeter Johnny Coles – a player who cut some great work in the groups of James Moody and Gil Evans, but who shines even more brightly on this classic Blue Note album! Coles really has an ear for finding the hippest side of his instrument – and he blows with a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of – and certainly far from the mellower tones of his previous leader set for Columbia. This album's got a great mix of hardbop and modern ideas – right up there with the best Blue Note had to offer at the time – and the group's filled with equally hip players who include Joe Henderson on tenor, Leo Wright on alto and flute, Duke Pearson on piano, Bob Cranshaw on bass, and either Pete LaRoca or Walter Perkins on drums. Titles include "Heavy Legs", "Hobo Joe", "Jano", and "Little Johnny C". Very hip, very hard, and very swingin! LP, Vinyl record album
(Test pressing, in separate plain covers with catalog number stamps.)

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Kenny DorhamShowboat ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $16.99
Not the Broadway record that you might guess from the title, but a great showboat for the hipper talents of trumpeter Kenny Dorham! The album is made up of tunes from the famous show, but the presentation here is quite strongly hardbop – blown by Kenny with the same mix of sweet and modern you might hear on his Blue Note records, but a bit looser too – almost with the rougher edges of a Prestige date. Other players include Jimmy Heath on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, Jimmy Garrison on piano, and Art Taylor on drums – one hell of a great group – and although the titles are familiar – "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man", "Ol Man River", "Why Do I Love You", and "Nobody Else But Me" – they're recast by Kenny as thoughtful little showpieces, rich with imagination, and played as if they were his own compositions. CD

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Double SixSwingin Singin! ... LP
Philips, 1962. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Great early stuff by this swingin' French vocal group! These guys swung as hard as American groups, like Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross – but they stuck to hipper, jazzier material, and had a driving sound that never let up! The group is led by singer Mimi Perrin, who also handed the arrangements – and it features French jazz greats Ward Swingle and Eddy Louiss. Includes some great jazzy versions of "Naima", "Boplicity", "Westwood Walk", and "Early Autumn". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove.)

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Billy EckstineMister B & The Band ... CD
Savoy, 1945/1946. Used ... $1.99
Amazing work from the early, legendary years of Billy Eckstine – that time when he was fronting one of the hippest backing groups a vocalist could hope to have! Eckstine's voice was already becoming the stuff of legend by the time of these recordings – but thanks to contributions from a host of famous boppers, his band was getting equal fame, too – a really legendary lineup that includes such greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie,Kenny Dorham, and Fats Navarro on trumpets; Wardell Gray, Dexter Gordon, and Gene Ammons on tenor; Leo Parker on baritone; Art Blakey on drums; and many other huge names too! The band was virtually a school for a whole generation of jazzmen to come – allowing them to play together, get to know each other, and spin off in important small groups – much in the way the Kenton group a few years later allowed so much development on the west coast. And amidst all this great music, Billy's vocals have never sounded better – much bolder and hard-swinging than in later years! CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke EllingtonDrum Is A Woman ... LP
Columbia, 1956. Very Good ... $4.99
A hokey cover and title, but a hip little record from Duke Ellington – kind of a story of percussion and jazz, all wrapped together with some great vocals and narration! The format is kind of far-reaching, but never too stuffy – and in a way, the album offers a great opportunity to hear some of the Ellington players stepping out in a slightly different vibe than the usual Columbia date from the decade. Duke does a bit of narration himself – and singers include Margaret Tynes, Joya Sherrill, and Ozzie Bailey – who beautifully illustrate the shifting passages of the longer suite. Solos are by Johnny Hodges on alto, Clark Terry on trumpet, and Paul Gonsalves on tenor – and titles include "Congo Square", "Madam Zajj", "Drum is A Woman", "You Better Know It", "Rhythm Pum Te Dum", and "Rhumbop". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split on the top seam & a name in marker.)

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Curtis FullerImages Of Curtis Fuller ... CD
Savoy/Jazz Heritage, Late 50s. Used ... $9.99
An incredibly hip batch of tracks from Curtis Fuller – leading a group here that includes Lee Morgan, McCoy Tyner, Milt Hinton, and Roy Haynes. The vibe is straight hardbop – but there's also a darker edge than usual for a Savoy session, perhaps because of Lateef's presence on the set. Tracks are long with lots of solo space – and titles include "Accident", "Be Back Ta Reckla", "Darryl's Minor", and "New Date". CD

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Dizzy GillespieBirks' Works ... CD
Verve, 1956. Used 2CD ... $6.99
Seminal work from Dizzy Gillespie – and an album that shows that he was a genius in any form of jazz! In the mid 50s, Diz had one of the hippest big bands going – filled with great young players that included Lee Morgan, Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Benny Golson, Billy Mitchell, and Walter Davis Jr. The work he crafted here was partly an extension of his earlier bop sides, but also a demonstration of his desire to express himself in more expansive forms – kind of a hint of the direction he'd take in the 60s, with his work in Latin, soundtrack, and funk styles. Arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins and Dizzy himself – and tracks include "Jor-du", "Yo No Quiero Bailar", "Birks' Works", "Tangorine", "Umbrella Man" and "Left-hand Corner". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)
Also available Birk's Works – Verve Big Band Sessions ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieBirk's Works – Verve Big Band Sessions ... CD
Verve, 1956/1957. Used 2 CDs ... $9.99
Seminal work from Dizzy – showing that he was a genius in any form of jazz! In the mid 50s, Diz had one of the hippest big bands going – filled with great young players that included Lee Morgan, Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Benny Golson, Billy Mitchell, and Walter Davis Jr. The work he crafted here was partly an extension of his earlier bop sides, but also a demonstration of his desire to express himself in more expansive forms – kind of a hint of the direction he'd take in the 60s, with his work in Latin, soundtrack, and funk styles. The set combines tracks from 3 different Verve albums – and it also packages the material with a number of previously unissued tracks, and some great liner notes that do a wonderful job of summing up the spirit of the work. Arrangements are by AK Salim, Quincy Jones, Tadd Dameron, and Dizzy himself – and tracks include "Jordu", "Tin Tin Deo", "Groovin For Nat", "Dizzy's Business", "Jessica's Day", "Doodlin", "Yo No Quiero Bailar", "Birk's Works", "Tangorine", "Umbrella Man", and "Mayflower Rock". 42 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Birks' Works ... CD 6.99

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie & The Double Six Of Paris ... LP
Philips, 1963. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A rare 60s meeting of groovy talents from both sides of the Atlantic – and a record that matches the trumpet of Dizzy Gillespie with the hiply swinging vocals of The Double Six Of Paris! The group were a wonderfully groovy precursor to the Swingle Singers – and sung in a scatting approach to jazz vocals that was very much in the tradition of Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – but also drew inspiration from the earlier work of Eddie Jefferson, King Pleasure, and others. Their sound is great – much more 60s groovy than some other vocal groups – and pairing them with Dizzy gives this record an added punch that some of their other sessions are missing! Backing is small combo throughout – with either Bud Powell or Kenny Barron on piano, Kenny Clarke on drums, and James Moody on tenor – and with the presence of Diz, most of the material here is of bop orientation – taken at a fast and lively clip! Lalo Schifrin arranged the whole session too – and titles include "One Bass Hit", "Blue N Boogie", "Emanon", "Groovin High", "Ow", "The Champ", "Tin Tin Deo", "Hot House", and "Con Alma". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s French pressing.)
 
 
 



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