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Roy AyersVirgo Red ... LP
Polydor, 1973. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
A great little album from Roy Ayers – a very funky record that's almost all instrumental all the way through! The sound is a bit in the vein of Roy's Live At Montreux set – but funkier overall, thanks to some very heavy rhythms on the bottom – and an approach to the tunes that's short, tight, and very much on the money! In addition to Roy's great vibes, the set also features Harry Whitaker on electric piano, Jimmy Owens and Cecil Bridgewater on trumpets, Garnett Brown on trombone, and Dennis Davis on drums and percussion – all very hip players who really help Roy find the mix of jazz and funk he was going for at the time. Dee Dee Bridgewater sings a bit of vocals on the record, joining Roy on the sublime spiritual track "Love From The Sun" – but most other tracks on the album have a more instrumental approach. The record includes a great remake of Leroy Hutson's track "Giving Love", sung more famously by Voices of East Harlem, and it's also got a nice funky cover of the hit "Brother Louie" – plus the tracks "The Morning After", "Des Nude Soul", "Virgo Red", "Love From The Sun", and "I Am Your Mind". LP, Vinyl record album

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Marion BrownVista ... CD
Impulse (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
A strangely wonderful album from Marion Brown – quite different from his other work on Impulse, with a mellow electric edge that gives it a warm and laidback feel! The approach here is much more soulful than before – with finely crafted tunes that weave Brown's work on alto with electric piano by Anthony Davis and Stanley Cowell, percussion by Ed Blackwell and Jimmy Hopps, and bass by Reggie Workman. If you're expecting the angrier Brown from earlier years, you'll be disappointed – but if you're ready to hear a Brown that's gently crafting mellow lines in a soulful setting, then you're in for a treat. Tracks include Cowell's "Maimoun", Stevie Wonder's "Visions", Brown's "Vista", "Moment of Truth", "Bismillah Rrahimani Rrahim", and "Djinji". CD

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✨✧ Brownout Presents – Brown SabbathBrownout Presents – Brown Sabbath (with download) ... LP
Ubiquity, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... $14.99 19.98
A funky riff on some of the mightiest slabs in the Black Sabbath oeuvre – done up masterfully by Adrian Quesada and the Brownout collective! Where the Sabbath originals are all lumbering menace and sludgy rhythms, Brownout brings in Latin funk percussion, tripped out keyboard textures and some really great horn arrangements. They move raw slabs like "Iron Man" into surprising, instrumental percussion realms we'd never imagine them, and it's pretty amazing! "The Wizard" and "NIB" feature vocals by Alex Marrero, "Hand Of Doom" features Alex Maas", and "Planet Caravan" has vocals by David Jimenez – and other tracks include "Iron Man", "Black Sabbath" and "Into The Void". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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✨✧ Lou DonaldsonSay It Loud! ... CD
Water/Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $14.99
One of the greatest Blue Note funky jazz sets of the late 60s – an all-out soul fest headed up by funky Lou Donaldson, and featuring some incredible work on drums from Idris Muhammad – who was still calling himself Leo Morris at this point! Muhammad's work on the drums is fantastic – not just in the snap-funk mode of some of his oft-sampled Blue Note classics, but also hitting these nicely changed-up rhythms that dance along with a free sense of joy, love, and life – one that seems to open Lou up even more than before! Other players on the set are great too – and include a young Charles Earland on organ, Blue Mitchell on trumpet, and Jimmy Ponder on guitar – cooking up some incredible licks that fill in the spaces between the grooves with a wash of soulful colors! Titles include a great version of the James Brown Classic "Say It Loud", plus the originals "Snake Bone" and "Brother Soul" – and surprisingly great takes on "Summertime" and "Caravan"! CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington In Grona Lund 1963 ... CD
Storyville (Denmark), 1963. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
A rare performance from the Duke Ellington ensemble, and a long one too – given that the set takes up more than 2 hours over the space of 2CDs! The material is performed at the Dance Inn in Stockholm – and the group focuses mostly on shorter tunes that hit a classic Ellington mode from earlier years – mixed with a few longer tracks that showcase Duke's more complicated arrangements, in the late 50s style he recorded at Columbia. Most of the orchestra is in place for the date – even though it's an overseas performance – and the lineup includes Cootie Williams on trumpet, Lawrence Brown on trombone, Ray Nance on violin and trumpet, Jimmy Hamilton on tenor and clarinet, Johnny Hodges on alto, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Russell Procope on alto and clarinet, and Harry Carney on clarinets. Titles include "All Of Me", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "Mood Indigo", "Mr Gentle & Mr Cool", "Kind Of Dukish/Rockin In Rhythm", "One More Once or One More Bossa Nova", "Suite Thursday", "Silk Lace", and "New Concerto For Cootie". CD

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Duke EllingtonLove You Madly ... CD
Vee Jay/Collectables, Late 40s/1974. Used ... $3.99
Rare live material from Duke Ellington – first issued back in the 70s, but undoubtedly recorded decades before! The set's got a nicely gritty feel – that Ellington orchestra approach before they'd gotten too sure of themselves, and had lots of sharp edges – as you'll hear in the performance that features work by Shorty Baker and Al Killian on trumpets, Lawrence Brown and Tyree Glenn on trombones, and Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, and Ben Webster on reeds! Titles include "The Mooche", "How High The Moon", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "The Hawk Talks", "The Tattooed Bride",a nd "Lover Come Back To Me", with vocals by Billie Holiday! CD
(Out of print.)

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Duke EllingtonLove You Madly ... LP
Vee Jay, Late 40s. Very Good ... $2.99
Rare live material from Duke Ellington – first issued back in the 70s, but undoubtedly recorded decades before! The set's got a nicely gritty feel – that Ellington orchestra approach before they'd gotten too sure of themselves, and had lots of sharp edges – as you'll hear in the performance that features work by Shorty Baker and Al Killian on trumpets, Lawrence Brown and Tyree Glenn on trombones, and Jimmy Hamilton, Johnny Hodges, and Ben Webster on reeds! Titles include "The Mooche", "How High The Moon", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "The Hawk Talks", "The Tattooed Bride",a nd "Lover Come Back To Me", with vocals by Billie Holiday! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonThis One's For Blanton (2LP 180gram pressing – 45rpm) ... LP
Pablo/Analogue Productions, 1972. Sealed 2LP ... $48.99
A great tribute to the late bassist Jimmy Blanton – served up by his old boss Duke Ellington, working here on piano alongside the bass of Ray Brown! This spare piano/bass session is a rarity in Duke's catalog – and it's a real later gem that captures the warmth and imagination of the Ellington piano sound in a near-solo setting. Brown's tones are round and nicely soulful – always a treat, even if not entirely in Blanton's spirit – and titles include "Pitter Panther Patter", "Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me", "Sophisticated Lady", "See See Rider", and "Fragmented Suite For Piano & Bass" – a great extended piece that takes up all of side two! LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited, numbered pressing.)

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Earl HinesOnce Upon A Time ... LP
Impulse, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $13.99
One of our favorite records by Earl Hines – a hip little comeback set, recorded in the mid 60s with an Ellingtonish lineup that includes Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, Jimmy Hamilton, and Johnny Hodges. Hines' piano is certainly a strong force in the record, but even more delightful is the solid feel of the players overall – working with that complete coherence found in the best 60s sides by Duke, but touched here with some of Hines' sprightly approach to the melody. Titles include "Once Upon A Time", "Black & Tan Fantasy", "You Can Depend On Me", "Hash Brown", and "Fantastic That's You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange & black label mono pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole.)

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Johnny HodgesSmooth One (previously unreleased) ... LP
Verve, 1959/1960. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A rare treat – 2LPs worth of material by Johnny Hodges, recorded at the end of the 50s, but never issued until this late 70s set! The first disc features a 1959 session, with players that include Harold Baker, Quentin Jackson, Ben Webster, Jimmy Hamilton, and Jo Jones – accompanying Hodges on some shorter tracks that include a good number of original titles, including "Second Klass", "Straight Back", "First Klass", "Third Klass", and "Nite Life". Disc two continues the Ellington-inflected mode, with players that include Baker, Hamilton, Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, and Harold Ashby – on slightly longer titles that include "Get Ready", "Peaches", "Hygiene", "Starting With You", "I Told You So", and "Wiggle Awhile". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a small spot where a sticker was removed.)

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John Lee Hooker, Albert King, & OthersKing Strings – King/Federal/DeLuxe Guitar Grooves 1949 to 1962 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
King/Sundazed, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $19.99 21.98
Guitar-heavy genius from one of the most important labels of the postwar years – the legendary King Records, home to James Brown and a heck of a lot of other great musicians too! This package focuses on the contributions that King made towards revolutionizing the sound of the electric guitar in the 50s – and chooses an ultra-hip batch of tracks that range from blues to R&B, and really come across with a hell of a lot of fire all these many years later! A few cuts have vocals, the rest are all instrumentals – and the tracks either feature a key guitarist as a leader, or groups that have a crucial electric player in the lineup. Titles include "San Ho Zay" by Freddie King, "Let's Rock" by Johnny Otis with Johnny Guitar Watson, "Dyna Flow" by Albert King, "Steam Roller" by Mickey Baker, "Louisiana Hop" by Pete Guitar Lewis, "After Hours" by Jimmy Nolen, "Stomp Boogie" by Texas Slim, "Space Guitar" by Young John Watson, "Floyd's Guitar Blues" by Bill Doggett, "Gainesville" by Roy Gaines, and "The Big Push" by Cal Green. LP, Vinyl record album
(Great heavy vinyl – with bonus insert too!)

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Chuck IsraelsNational Jazz Ensemble 1975/76 ... CD
Chiaroscuro, 1975/1976. Used ... $7.99
Quite an unusual little record – one that appears conventional at the start, but which has a relatively modern feel overall! The group's directed by Chuck Israels – who's really stepping out from his older roles here – working almost in Mingus-like formation, as he pushes the group through a wonderful range of tones and sounds – some modern, some older – but always with a freshness and a real sense of surprise! There's a leaping, soaring energy to many tracks – kind of a later Mingus groove – and players include Arnie Lawrence and Joe Romano on saxes, Rod Levitt and Jimmy Knepper on trombones, Tom Harrell and Mike Lawrence on trumpets, Steve Brown on guitar, and Ben Aronov on piano. A soprano, Margot Hanson, sings a bit on the record – and titles include "Very Early", "Transbluency", "Every Tub", "Understanding Depression", "Blues For OP", "I Mean You", "Lady Of The Lavender Mist", and "His Master's Voice". CD
(Cutout punch through barcode.)

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Milt JacksonBallad Artistry Of Milt Jackson/Vibrations ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1959/1964. Used ... $9.99
2 great albums on 1 CD. A sweet set of ballads from vibist Milt Jackson that we dig as much for the silky smooth orchestrations by Quincy Jones as Milt's agile and crisp approach to the vibes. The strings and horns buoy the group nicely, which also features Connie Kay and under recorded guitarist Barry Galbraith on a number of tunes. Ten mellow numbers: "The Cylinder", "Makin Whoopee", "Alone Together", "Tenderly", "Don't Worry Bout Me", "Nuages", "Deep In A Dream", "I'm A Fool To Want You", "The Midnight Will Never Set" and "Tomorrow". Vibrations features players like Jimmy Heath and Tommy Flanagan alongside Milt, and has nice buoyant feel throughout, as they run through some nice bop versions of standards and blues. Includes the title track, plus "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Algo Bueno", "Mallets Towards None" and 4 more. CD

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Illinois JacquetSwing's The Thing (Swings The Thing/Cool Rage) ... CD
Verve/Lonehill (Spain), 1956/1958. Used ... $15.99
Great 50s Verve work from saxophonist Illinois Jacquet – 2 albums back to back on one CD! First up is Swing's The Thing", one of the greatest of the small-group sessions by Jacquet for Verve – and one of the hardest to find! The album is unique in that the songs are longer than usual for Jacquet, and that the band is quite small – really only a sextet, with Jimmy Jones on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Jo Jones on drums. Tracks include "Las Vegas Blues", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Lullaby Of The Leaves", and "Achtung". After this, the CD features 4 more numbers that were recorded in 1958 for Verve, but never appeared until much later on the collection Cool Rage – a really unique quartet date that has Jacquet working with Wild Bill Davis on organ, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Johnny Williams on drums – in a mode that almost points the way towards later work by Illinois on Argo. Titles include "No Sweat", "Flying Home", "The Fluke", and "Nite Out" – and the CD also features a bonus take of "Robbin's Nest" from another album. CD
(Out of print.)

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JJ JohnsonEminent Jay Jay Johnson Vol 1 ... LP
Blue Note, 1953. Near Mint- ... $16.99
First volume of the two LP set that compiled JJ's bop trombone sides for Blue Note. Great stuff, and arguably among some of his best work. The arrangements are tight, and JJ's in the company of great rhythm players like Kenny Clarke, Horace Silver, and Paul Chambers, who make the sessions really swing. Soloists include Clifford Brown and Jimmy Heath, and the tracks include "Turnpike", "Sketch 1", "Capri", "Lover Man", "Get Happy", and "Coffee Pot". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has a light stain on the bottom 3 inches, with a wavy corner.)

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Henry ManciniBig Latin Band Of Henry Mancini/Latin Sound Of Henry Mancini ... CD
RCA/Vocalion (UK), 1965/1968. New Copy ... $16.99
2 great albums of Latiny tunes from Henry Mancini! The Big Latin Band Of Henry Mancini features a very hip lineup of west coast jazzmen – including Bud Shank and Tom Scott on reeds, Buddy Childers and Pete Candoli on trumpets, Ray Brown on acoustic bass, Max Bennett on fender bass, Larry Bunker on percussion, and Shelly Manne on drums. The rhythms have a great mix of Latin influences and Mancini magic, the kind of grooves you'd hear on his 60s soundtracks at the time, and the vibe is nice and relaxed. It's a bit more upbeat than bossa, but not as all-out as other RCA Latin sessions – thanks to Mancini's nice sense of warmth and space in the arrangements. Titles include some pretty darn cool takes on "Mission Impossible", "Fistful Of Dollars", "Magnificent Seven", "Touch Of Evil", and "Springtime For Hitler", from the film The Producers. Other titles include "Patricia", "Zacatecas", and "Las Cruces". The Latin Sound record is a gem from a few years earlier – with some great arrangements by Mancini! The album's less a straight Latin date than it is a new approach to the grooves Henry was laying down on his 60s soundtracks – a mix of bossa and cha cha-inspired themes that sparkle wonderfully with warm jazzy touches from a host of LA players who include Dick Nash on trombone, Harry Klee on flute, Ted Nash on alto and tenor, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Laurindo Almeida on guitar, and Gene Garf on organ – all working beautifully under Mancini's direction, with a sound that's both tight and relaxed at the same time! Lots of tracks have some nice groovy organ, which gives the arrangements a cool lively sound – and titles include "Preciosa", "Baia", "Carnavalito", "Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars", "Tico Tico", and the nice "Senor Peter Gunn", a Latin remake of Mancini's big hit! CD

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Modern Jazz QuartetPlastic Dreams ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1971. Used ... $5.99
One of the groovier albums the Modern Jazz Quartet ever recorded – as you might expect, given the cover and title! In addition to the group's usual cool sound from Milt Jackson's vibes, the set also features John Lewis playing a bit of harpsichord in addition to his usual piano – and the group's also augmented on a few tracks with some great horns from Snookie Young and Joe Newman on trumpets, Garnett Brown on trombone, Jim Buffington on French horn, and Don Butterfield on tuba – a change that really gives the record a nicely different flavor from other MJQ albums. John Lewis composed all of the tracks – and titles include "Walkin Stomp", "Dancing", "Plastic Dreams", "Variations On A Christmas Theme", "Travlin", "Piazza Novona", and "England's Carol". CD

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Jimmy RowlesKinda Groovy ... LP
Capitol, Early 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
Kinda Groovy, indeed – one of Jimmy Rowles' most interesting records, as it also features the pianist singing a bit, too – in that raspy voice of his we find totally charming! Other players include Howard Roberts on guitar, Max Bennett on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – and titles include "Your Mind Is On Vacation", "I Can't Resist You", "Me & You", "A Porter's Love Song To A Chambermaid", and "Miss Brown To You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Side 1 has a mark that clicks a bit on track five. Cover has some staining, light wear, and a bit of sticker residue.)

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✨✧ Jimmy RushingCat Meets Chick/Jazz Odyssey Of James Rushing Esq. ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, 1956/1957. Used ... $5.99
2 mid 50s sides cut for Columbia as part of Jimmy Rushing's revival during that decade. Cat Meets Chick is an interesting set – kind of a parody of the Girl Meets Boy album that had been issued a year or two before on Columbia – done with vocals by Jimmy and Ada Moore, and recorded as a "story in jazz" about love, love found, and love lost. Jimmy and Ada sing both separately and together, Buck Clayton plays a few instrumental sides – and titles include "The Blues", "Cool Breeze Woman", "Ain't She Sweet", "If I Could Be With You", and "Pretty Little Baby". Jazz Odyssey also features work by Buck Clayton – and is a record done in a style that Columbia was using on a number of sides in the late 50s and early 60s, Jimmy and Buck do a bit of educatin' – and trace a progression of jazz styles from New Orleans, to Chicago, to Kansas City, and New York. The Odyssey's not really Jimmy's, so much as it is the jazz that was defined by the white liberal tastes that always were the main force between Columbia in the early years – but the set's still a nice one, like all of Jimmy's later work for Columbia, which features some of the best-recorded vocal work of his career. Titles include "New Orleans", "Doctor Blues", "Rosetta", "Piney Brown Blues", "Lullaby Of Broadway", and "Some Of These Days". CD

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Jimmy RushingEssential Jimmy Rushing ... CD
Vanguard, 1954/1955. Used ... $7.99
Vocalist Jimmy Rushing first came to fame working with Count Basie in the 30s, but it wasn't until the 50s that he really got the chance to step out on his own and cut a number of great sessions in the studio! This set features one of Jimmy's finest moments of the 50s – material recorded for Vanguard Records in 1954 and 1955, respectively, and featuring Rushing in the company of great small group trad players like Buddy Tate, Pat Jenkins, Emmett Berry, Lawrence Brown, and Freddie Green. The format is laidback and simple on both records – a style that clearly hearkens back to the Kansas City swing of the 30s, but which is delivered here with a more stripped-down approach that lets us focus even more on Rushing's earthy vocal presentation. Titles include the original tracks "Good Morning Blues", "Take Me Back Baby", "Sent For You Yesterday", and "Goin To Chicago" – plus versions of "How Long", "See See Rider", "Evenin". CD

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