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✨✧ Michel PortalBirdwatcher ... CD
Sunnyside, 2007. Used ... $3.99
Beautifully creative work from Michel Portal – a set that really reminds us of some of his best albums from many years back! There's a quality here that's loose, yet never too free – sort of that style that was bubbling under in the French jazz scene in the 70s-into-80s years – a mode that was inflected by freedoms of the past decade, but which sought to give things a bit more focus as well. As with some of the other recordings of that era – particularly those on the Owl label – there's a compelling blend of acoustic and electric elements going on here – as Portal's work on bass clarinet, alto, and soprano saxophone is mixed with keyboards from Tony Hyamas, guitar from Jef Lee Johnson, and bass from Erik Fratzke. Tony Malaby plays tenor on half of the album, and Airto plays a fair bit of percussion as well – on titles that include "Lake Street", "Tadorna", "Nada Mas", "The Sandpiper", "The Bad Waitress", "Calicot Vanity", "Blue Lighthouse", and "Impatience". CD
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✨✧ Art BlakeyNight At Birdland Vol 1 ... LP
Blue Note, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $119.99
A wonderfully hard-storming set – and a record that not only firmly put the Jazz Messengers on the map, but also set a whole new standard for live jazz recording! The group here is the early version of the Messengers – almost co-led by drummer Art Blakey with pianist Horace Silver – and featuring Clifford Brown on trumpet, just a few months before his early death – plus Lou Donaldson on alto and Curley Russell on bass. The presence of alto instead of tenor makes the sound slightly different than later incarnations of the group – and the overall approach is one that virtually defines the shift from straight bop to hardbop in the 50s – a mode that both Blakey and Silver were key in creating. Tracks include "Split Kick", "Quicksilver", "Mayreh", and "A Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(63rd street pressing, with deep groove, RVG etch, and ear. Label has an ink stamp. Cover has a bumped corner.)

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✨✧ Ran BlakeRan Blake Plays Solo Piano ... CD
ESP, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really amazing early work from pianist Ran Blake – an artist who's continued to blow our minds in more recent years, but who sounds especially outstanding hear in an early session for the ESP label! The album's quite different from some of the freer, bolder music you'd normally associate with ESP – as Ran plays solo here, with a style that's very poetic – although still quite open-ended and free, with a fair bit of improvisation as well. The shift of tones alone is mindblowing – almost beyond anything you might expect to come from the piano, yet without any of the heavier-handed modes of a player like Cecil Taylor. Original material is mixed with very vivid re-workings of jazz standards – and titles include "Vanguard", "Sister Tee", "Eric", "Stratusphunk", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "Lonely Woman". CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul On The Real Side #5 ... CD
Outta Sight (UK), 1970s/Early 80s/2016. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Maybe the best volume so far in this excellent series – a compilation collection that never lets us down, but which really brings something special to the mix this time around! There's a wealth of obscure modern soul tracks here – nicely grooving numbers from the 70s and early 80s, mixed with a few choice cuts from later years, too – but all with a warm glow that's plenty classic all the way through – that special blend of soul that made the 70s mellow groove so great! Many tracks are quite obscure, and haven't been reissued elsewhere – and the set features 20 titles in all, with cuts that include "Give Him Up" by First Generation, "Sha-La Bandit" by Delores Hall, "Love Is A Game" by Harry Ray, "Whisper In Your Ear" by Reggie Griffin, "I've Quit Running The Streets" by Garland Green, "Baby Don't Wake Me" by Del Davis, "No One Can Love You Like I Do" by Flakes, "Just The Way You Like It" by Leon Bryant, "I Wanna Spend My Whole Life With You" by Street People, "Be Real" by Tomorrow's Edition, "Let's Do It Now" by JALN Band, "Rain In My Life" by Prophecy, "Aah Dance" by Fine Quality feat Cuz, and Lisa Stansfield's great version of "A Case Of Too Much Love Making". CD

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✨✧ Buddy DeFrancoKing Of The Clarinet (10 inch LP) ... LP
MGM, Early 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
We can't say for sure that Buddy's actually the king of the clarinet, but this record is mighty nice work – and a crackling little set that catches DeFranco at a time when he was one of the strongest players on his instrument, and one of the few to equally absorb bop and swing influences. As with other DeFranco standouts from the time, the rhythm section is what really makes the record – and here he's working with Kenny Drew on piano throughout, plus either Art Blakey or Art Taylor on drums, Teddy Kotick or Curley Russell on bass, and a bit of guitar from Jimmy Raney. Titles include "Cairo", "Lover Come Back To Me", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Street Of Dreams", "Gone With The Wind", and "Sophisticated Lady". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting.)
 
 
 



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