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Lou LevyTouch Of Class (Japanese paper sleeve edition – with bonus track) ... CD CD format
Dobre/SSJ (Japan), 1978. Used ... $19.99
Always-classy piano work from Lou Levy – a player who really opened up a lot in the 70s, and took his music way past the more familiar modes of his initial 50s fame! There's lots of cool dark notes on the set – sounds that we never would have expected to hear from Lou in previous decades, but which really give the record a lot of depth – and remind us of the same sort of playing Levy used with Warne Marsh on his session for Nessa! Trio members include Fred Atwood on bass and John Dentz on drums – but the format of the recording often lets Lou dictate the energy of the tunes before other players come in strongly – which makes for a very personal album overall. Titles include "If You Could See Me Now", "Gentle Rain", "A Gal In Calico", "My Old Flame", "Love Walked In", and "I've Never Been In Love Before". CD features the bonus track "Touch Of Class". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Lou LevyYa Know ... CD CD format
Phonogram/Gitanes (France), 1993. Used ... $6.99
A relatively recent set from pianist Lou Levy, but an unusual one as well – since Lou has augmented his usual trio lineup with an extra bassist for the session! Lou's acoustic piano is featured here with drums from Alvin Queen, and bass from both Pierre Michelot and Eric Von Essen, the latter of whom also plays a bit of cello as well – making for a mix of plucked and bowed bass sounds that really deepen the bottom colors of the record. Yet Levy's also the clear star here, and if anything his work on piano here is far greater than even his better-known earlier sides – soulfully flowing, yet never sleepy – always with a sense of grace and exploration that really amazes us – an ability to digest modern ideals, but make them come out as warmly personal expressions that you'd never hear so perfectly from other younger players. Titles include "Lunartique", "Davana", "Quarte's Fever", "The Hymn", "Paradise", and "Ya Know". CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Conte CandoliConte Candoli (Bethlehem) (aka Powerhouse Trumpet) ... CD CD format
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the best 50s albums from trumpeter Conte Candoli – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given how often Conte recorded during the decade! The set's got an edge you don't always find on other Candoli sessions – especially some of the large group material – and the group's nice and small, and very tight – with Bill Holman on tenor, Lou Levy on piano, Larry Marable on drums, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass. The quintet cooks wonderfully – with very sharp, soulful solos from both Holman and Candoli – at a level that's got more of the Mode Records bite than some other Bethlehem sides from the west coast at the time. Obviously, the rhythm section's a great one – and really helps the record cook – on titles that include "Full Count", "Four", "Groovin Higher", and "Jazz City Blues". CD

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June ChristyImpromptu (Discovery) ... LP LP format
Discovery, 1977. Very Good+ ... $4.99
An obscure moment in June Christy's career, but a great one too – a rare later recording, done many years after her time at Capitol Records – in a laidback setting with a hip group of west coast players! June's voice definitely shows a bit of age, but she's still head and shoulders above most jazz singers of her generation – mixing subtle feeling and darkness together beautifully, in a way that makes for a wonderfully moody record! Lou Levy leads the group on piano, and other players include Bob Cooper on tenor and flute, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Jack Sheldon on trumpet – although the horns don't seem to appear on all the tracks on the date. Titles include "The Trouble With Hello Is Goodbye", "My Shining Hour", "Once Upon A Summertime", "Show Me", "Willow Weep For Me", "Everything Must Change", and "Autumn Serenade". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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Stan GetzAward Winner (with bonus tracks) ... CD CD format
Verve, 1957. Used ... $9.99
A great little follow-up to the classic West Coast Jazz album recorded by Stan Getz – and like that one, a set to feature some great rhythm accompaniment from the trio of Lou Levy on piano, Stan Levey on drums, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass! The tracks are nice and open – with plenty of room for Stan to roam around – and although you might expect a tightly-arranged kind of sound from the west coast setting, the album's actually surprisingly more relaxed – a fair bit like some of the more open-ended jazz that Shelly Manne started to record on his own at the start of the 60s. Titles include "Where Or When", "Smiles", "This Can't Be Love", and "Woody 'n You". CD
(Out of print. Verve master edition in a tri-fold digipack.)

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Lionel Hampton & Stan GetzHamp & Getz (7 inch EP) ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Norgran, Early 50s. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $9.99
A great little album that's one of Getz's strongest from the period! The format for the album is in the mode of Hampton's early 50s Verve sides – long tracks, very open-ended, cut in a small group format that shows a different side than his more popular big band grooving. There's only 5 tracks on the album – and the focus is on solo work by Hamp and Getz, with rhythm by Lou Levy, Leroy Vinnegar, and Shelly Manne. Titles on this unusual 7" pressing include "Louise" and "Gladys". 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has a bit of splitting on top seam, but is nice overall.)

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Bill HarrisComplete 50s Sessions (Bill Harris & Friends/Ex-Hermanites/Bill Harris Herd) ... CD CD format
Lonehill (Spain), 1946/1952/1957. Used 2CDs ... $19.99
The only 3 albums ever cut as a leader by trombonist Bill Harris – a player who first rose to fame in the Woody Herman group of the early 50s, but who was also a heck of a great leader on his own! Like other Hermanites, Harris here displays an amazing talent for both tightness of group formation and respect of solo space – a style that allows for some bold head arrangements on most tunes, but also really makes the best of solo voices from players who include Ben Webster on tenor, Terry Gibbbs on vibes, Lou Levy on piano, and Harris himself on trombone. Most of the tunes are standards, but arranged in a manner that's quite fresh – another Hermanite touch – and the 2CD package features 7 tracks from Bill Harris & Friends (with Ben Webster), 8 more from Bill Harris & The Ex-Hermanites (with Gibbs, Lou Levy, and a bit of vocals), and 12 from The Bill Harris Herd, which features four trombones and four saxes, in Hermanite formation. CD also features one 1946 track recorded with Ralph Burns – making for a total of 28 tracks that include "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Laura", "Apple Honey", "Just One More Chance", "I Surrender Dear", "Your Father's Moustache", "Lemon Drop", "Early Autumn", "Bill Not Phil", "You're Blase", "Jive At Five", "Tutti Frutti", "Sue Loves Mable", and "Introspection". CD

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Bill HarrisEx-Hermanites ... CD CD format
Mode/VSOP, 1957. Used ... $9.99
Trombonist Bill Harris leads a quintet of "Ex Hermanites" – that is, players who used to work, like Bill, in the group of Woody Herman – and who are stepping out here on their own in a swinging batch of small group numbers! The origin of and setting for the players is no accident – as Herman's group of the era was such a hotbed of musical activity that it was a key force in jazz for players getting together and trying out ideas of their own. Harris himself is a great guiding force on the set – blowing with a style that's fluidly soulful, and warmly spontaneous – accompanied by Terry Gibbs on vibes, Lou Levy on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Stan Levey on drums – the latter 3 of whom make one heck of a great rhythm section! Titles include "Everywhere", "Apple Honey", "Lemon Drop", "Early Autumn", "Blue Flame", and "Laura". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chubby JacksonOoh What An Outfit – New York 1949 ... CD CD format
Uptown, 1949. New Copy 2 CDs ... $20.99 24.98
A marvelous document of the power of bassist Chubby Jackson at his best – served up here in a double-length package of rare recordings from the end of the 40s! Chubby has a really unique place in jazz – a special space between bop and swing, where he was able to work with some of the best players of his generation – and help forge an audience for the modern tones of the newer music by bringing in some of the more powerful elements of the old! This quality really comes through in the initial batch of big band recordings in the package, which take up most of CD1 – tunes that echo some of the work Jackson had done with Woody Herman's group in the late 40s, but arguably even more hard-biting and boppish – with strong work from Frank Socolow on alto, Teddy Charles on vibes, Ray Turner and Al Young on tenor, and the trio of Norman Faye, Al Porcino, and Charlie Walp on trumpets. Arrangements are by drummer Tiny Khan for the big band sides – and the set also features smaller ensemble work with Gene Roland's Boppers, led by trumpeter Gene Roland – plus work by the quintet of vibist Joe Roland with singer Paula Castle. The set also features a very cool combo recorded in Sweden – Chubby Jackson's Fifth Dimensional Jazz Group – with Conte Candoli on trumpet, Terry Gibbs on vibes, Lou Levy on piano, and Frank Socolow on tenor. The whopping package features 2CDs, 37 tracks – and mixes together live tracks, radio broadcasts, and some rare recording sessions too. CD

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Sonny StittDon't Call Me Bird (Saxophone Supremacy/Swings The Most) ... CD CD format
Verve/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1959. Used ... $11.99
A great double-length CD – one that reunites the complete sessions for two Sonny Stitt albums on Verve! First up is Saxophone Supremacy – one of those masterful albums Stitt cut for the label in the 50s – all in a format that's misleadingly simple on paper, but surprisingly complex in execution! Stitt's backed by a trio that includes Lou Levy on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums – but all players seem to hit a more deeply soulful groove than usual – just the right sound to match Sonny's sharper-edge groove, and near-perfect execution of his solos. Stitt's tone is right out front in the mix – beautifully recorded by Norman Granz, with as much respect to his sound as Sonny brings to his own renditions of the tunes. Titles include "Two Bad Days Blues", "Blue Smile", "I Cover The Waterfront", and "Just Friends". The second album is Sonny Stitt Swings The Most – a near perfect example of a saxophone master at his height! The record features Sonny blowing alongside the LA trio of Mel Lewis on drums, Lou Levy on piano, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass – but hitting all the tunes with a powerful, professional approach that makes us know he'd sound this great, no matter what the setting. The tunes are wonderfully understated, but offer up a casebook example of just how great jazz soloing can be when it's handled this well – never overdone or overblown, with notes that are improvised, but fall into place magically – as if they always knew where to belong in the first place! Titles include "Jaunty", "The Lonesome Road", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Blue Sunday", and "That's The Way To Be", with a tiny bit of vocal by Stitt! CD

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SupersaxChasin The Bird ... LP LP format
MPS, 1977. Near Mint- ... $1.99
Bop modes, updated strongly for the 70s – and played by a hip group of older players who really know how to cook! Supersax is led by Med Flory on alto, who also did the arrangements – and works here with great reed help from Warne Marsh and Jay Migliori on tenor, Joe Lopes on alto, and Jack Nimitz on baritone – plus soaring sounds from Conte Candoli and Blue Mitchell on trumpets, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Lou Levy on piano – all of whom really help the reed players find their groove! Charts are large, as is the ensemble, but there's a nice sense of individual personalities too – even when all the saxophonists are taking a solo together at once. Titles include "Shaw Nuff", "Drifting On A Reed", "Oop Bop Sh'Bam", "Now's The Time", and "The Song Is You". LP, Vinyl record album
(German pressing.)

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Pinky WintersShadow Of Your Smile (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD CD format
Cellar Door/M&I (Japan), 1983. Used ... $29.99
A beautiful tribute to the work of Johnny Mandel – easily one of the greatest composers of the modern age, partly a soundtrack genius, but also a richly talented songwriter with a great flair for a sad love song! Vocalist Pinky Winters performs a choice collection of Mandel's greatest numbers here – working with pianist Lou Levy in a set that's heavy on the most adult, mature themes of Mandel's 60s oeuvre. Winters' vocal performance is perfect for the material – straight, subtle, and sometimes somber – really bringing out the darker themes in Johnny's wonderful tunes, and really illuminating lyrics penned by Dave Frishberg, The Bergmans, and others. A few tracks feature bass work by Bill Takas, and titles include "The Shining Sea", "Close Enough For Love", "You Are There", "Emily", "A Time For Love", "Unless It's You", "Take Me Home", and "Don't Look Back". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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New Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 2 ... LP LP format
Coral, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Following up the strength of the first Jazz Greats set, Manny returns with a west coast version of the project – one that features players that include Richie Kamuca, Conte Candoli, Jack Sheldon, Bill Holman, Lou Levy, Charlie Mariano, and Shelly Manne – all dependable stalwarts of the west coast scene, as reliable as they were "great"! The album also features a mysterious "Trumpeter X", who may well be Harry Edison from the notes on the album's hints at his identity – and proceedings overall are very much in Albam's best "tight arrangements with room for jazz solo space" style of the 50s. Tracks include "Interwoven", "Afterthoughts", "Sweet's Bread", and "Thunder Burt". LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing on 52nd Street Records. Shrinkwrap has a hole in front and an anti-theft sensor on back.)

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New Gerry Mulligan & Stan GetzGerry Mulligan Meets Stan Getz ... LP LP format
Verve, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little set that shouldn't work as well as it does! Mulligan's baritone work is cut nicely by Getz's wispy alto – making for a combination of horns that yeilds some wonderful moments that opens both players up more than usual for the time. Titles include "Anything Goes", "Ballad", and "That Old Feeling" – and the rhythm section features Lou Levy, Stan Levey, and Ray Brown. LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing. Cover has waviness from moisture.)

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New Terry GibbsSmoke Em Up ... LP LP format
Jazz A La Carte, 1978. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An unusual album from vibist Terry Gibbs – cut for a small label, and with a very groovy sound! The set's got work from Lou Levy on piano, Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Bob Cooper on tenor – and titles include the Gibbs originals "Nina", "4AM", "Smoke Em Up", and "Chant Of Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Stan GetzDolphin ... CD CD format
Concord (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the best later moments from the great Stan Getz – a set we might even place on the same level as his 60s work for Verve – and certainly at the same par as his records in the 70s for Columbia! Yet this set is quite different than that latter batch – as it has Getz really going back to basics – hitting an open, flowing vibe that shows all the best elements he picked up from 60s changes – including bossa, traces of Coltrane, and more – but delivered with a wonderfully understated style throughout. The tracks are long, and have a magnificent flow – and Getz works with a great quartet that includes Lou Levy on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. Titles include a sublime reading of Luiz Eca's "The Dolphin", plus "The Night Has A Thousand Eyes", "Joy Spring", "A Time For Love", and "Close Enough For Love". CD

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New Stan LeveyThis Time The Drum's On Me ... CD CD format
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A nice little bit of bop from LA – a tightly-crafted mid 50s date for the Bethlehem label – featuring drummer Stan Levey at the head of a great group of horn players! The album features some standout work from Dexter Gordon on tenor – making a rare appearance here as a sideman – and the frontline of the sextet also features Conte Candoli on trumpet and Frank Rosolino on trombone – both well-matched players, especially at this point in their careers. The group's completed by Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Lou Levy on piano – and there's a bit more bite on some tracks than the usual Bethlehem set. Titles include "Diggin For Diz", "Ruby My Dear", "Tune Up", "Stanley The Steamer", and "This Time The Drum's On Me". CD

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New Stan LeveyThis Time The Drum's On Me ... LP LP format
Bethlehem, 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
A nice little bit of bop from LA – a tightly-crafted mid 50s date for the Bethlehem label – featuring drummer Stan Levey at the head of a great group of horn players! The album features some standout work from Dexter Gordon on tenor – making a rare appearance here as a sideman – and the frontline of the sextet also features Conte Candoli on trumpet and Frank Rosolino on trombone – both well-matched players, especially at this point in their careers. The group's completed by Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Lou Levy on piano – and there's a bit more bite on some tracks than the usual Bethlehem set. Titles include "Diggin For Diz", "Ruby My Dear", "Tune Up", "Stanley The Steamer", and "This Time The Drum's On Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove. Cover and labels have promo ink stamps.)
 
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Frank RosolinoFrank Rosolino Quintet ... CD CD format
Mode/VSOP, 1957. Used ... $6.99
One of the best albums on the rare Mode label – and a great quintet side by trombonist Frank Rosolino! The group here features Vince Guaraldi on piano, Richie Kamuca on tenor, Monty Budwig on bass, and Stan Levy on drums – and the sound's a lot harder than you'd expect from the combo. Guraldi's especially rough-edged – with a soulful sound that's quite different than his 60s recordings, one that sounds great next to Rosolino's horn. Titles include "Tuffy", "Fine Shape", "Cherry", "Let's Make It", "Fallout", "Thou Swell", "How Long Has This Been Going On" and "They Say". CD

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New Carlos Nino & FriendsAurorasmushroomtenderness (with download) ... LP LP format
Carlos Nino, 2014. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Dreamy soundscapes from cosmic spirit Carlos Nino and a host of diversely talented friends – including fellow Build An Ark alumni Dexter Story and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Dntel, Daedelus, adventurous new age-r Iasos, Beachwood Sparks strings player/sound designer Farmer Dave Scher, John Densmore of The Doors, jazz pianist Nate Morgan and others! There a spacious, hypnotic vibe here that's carried through with a very collaborative spirit – starting with keyboards and percussion-rooted soundscapes and compositions by Carlos, who sends his sketches out to the far-reaching roster of friends to freely contribute their own distinctive magic. We really love the looser, sparer and more hypnotic sounds, but there's some busier, more insistent material that hold it all together nicely. Includes "Aurorasmushroomtenderness" with Iasos, "Constellation Of Dancing Flutes" with Yaakov Levy, "Rhodestargate" with Nate Morgan & Dntel, "Mellohtronn Interlou" with Jim Lang, "Visionquest: Emergence" with Paul Livingstone, "Enter The Nowosphere Spaceways Radio Mix" with Deantoni Parks, Farmer Dave Scher, Cut Chemist, Kelsey Gonzalez, Dexter Story and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, "Meetor Shower" with Dntel, "Familyyy" with Nate Morgan, "8 Moons Blue" with Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes code for digital download.)

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New Frank RosolinoFrank Rosolino Quintet ... LP LP format
Mode, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best albums on the rare Mode label – and a great quintet side by trombonist Frank Rosolino! The group here features Vince Guaraldi on piano, Richie Kamuca on tenor, Monty Budwig on bass, and Stan Levy on drums – and the sound's a lot harder than you'd expect from the combo. Guraldi's especially rough-edged – with a soulful sound that's quite different than his 60s recordings, one that sounds great next to Rosolino's horn. Titles include "Tuffy", "Fine Shape", "Cherry", "Let's Make It", "Fallout", "Thou Swell", "How Long Has This Been Going On" and "They Say". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with deep groove!)
Also available Frank Rosolino Quintet ... CD 6.99
 
 
 



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