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✨✧ MJT+3Message From Walton Street ... CD
Vee Jay/Koch, 1960. Used ... $7.99
A fantastic lost session by this incredible hardbop group from Chicago! The MJT+3, although never hugely famous, are one of our favorite-ever jazz groups from the 60s. Under the aegis of drummer Walter Perkins, and including the talents of Harold Mabern, Frank Strozier, and Bob Cranshaw, the MJT+3 mixed soul jazz and modernist hardbop, with a crossbreeding of styles that spoke volumes about the group's mixed roots in Memphis and Chicago. We love all their albums from the old days – and this set of tunes is some of the best work we've ever heard from the group. The set was recorded in 1960 for Vee Jay, but never saw the light of day until this CD – which takes the original 7 tracks intended for release as an album, and adds in 8 other bonus and alternate takes. Titles include Perkins' great composition "No Land's Man", done later on the Booker Ervin album Exultation, plus "Jerry Lee", "Is It", "On The Show", and "Old Images". Proof that Chicago in the 60s was an incredible jazz town! CD

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✨✧ MJT+3MJT+3 ... CD
Vee Jay/Blue Moon (Spain), 1960. Used ... $5.99
One of the best-kept secrets of the hardbop era! This amazing group – formed in Chicago in the late 50's by ex-Memphis players Walter Perkins on drums, Harold Mabern on piano, and Frank Strozier on alto – has always been one of the best groups ever to sum up the meaning of the phrase "hard bop" – as they play with tight bop lines, but mix in longer, more relaxed playing, and some very soulful phrasing. Strozier especially is amazing, and Mabern's piano lines are as warmly lyrical and richly complicated as on his later work on Prestige – and the group also features the great Willie Thomas on trumpet and Bob Cranshaw on bass. The team of Cranshaw and Perkins is amazing – MJT, Modern Jazz Two, who really make the album cook – freely grooving with incredible rhythms, which makes Strozier sound almost better than on any other sessions from the time. Titles include "Branching Out", "Lil' Abner", "Raggity Man", and "To Sheila". CD

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MJT+3Walter Perkins' MJT+3 ... CD
Vee Jay/Koch, 1959. Used ... $5.99
The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass. Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to Chi-town with buddy Harold Mabern), and the smoking trumpet of Willie Thomas, and you've got one of the tightest combos to never make it in the big time. Who cares, though, because this album is a gem, and it grooves along mightily from top to bottom. Strozier and Mabern are fantastic, and they bring a unique soul jazz approach from their native Memphis into play with the firey Chicago rhythm of Cranshaw and Perkins. Tracks include "Sleepy", "Brother Spike", and "Big Hands". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)
Also available Walter Perkins' MJT+3 ... LP 3.99

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MJT+3Walter Perkins' MJT+3 ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Very Good ... $3.99
The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass. Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to Chi-town with buddy Harold Mabern), and the smoking trumpet of Willie Thomas, and you've got one of the tightest combos to never make it in the big time. Who cares, though, because this album is a gem, and it grooves along mightily from top to bottom. Strozier and Mabern are fantastic, and they bring a unique soul jazz approach from their native Memphis into play with the firey Chicago rhythm of Cranshaw and Perkins. Five tracks: "Sleepy", "Brother Spike", "Whiffenpoof Song", "Rochelle" and "Big Hands". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing. Cover has split seams and a Stereo sticker.)
Also available Walter Perkins' MJT+3 ... CD 5.99

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MJT+3Walter Perkins' MJT+3/Make Everybody Happy ... CD
Vee Jay (Spain), 1959/1960. Used ... $12.99
2 more of the lost albums by Chicago's supreme soul jazz hardbop group from the late 50's/early 60's! The MJT grooves like nobody's business, thanks to a core rhythm group that includes Harold Mabern on piano, Walter Perkins on drums, and Bob Cranshaw on bass. Add to the mix a young Frank Strozier on alto, fresh from Memphis (he made the trip to Chi-town with buddy Harold Mabern), and the smoking trumpet of Willie Thomas, and you've got one of the tightest combos to never make it in the big time. Who cares, though, because these albums are both gems, and they groove along mightily from top to bottom. Strozier and Mabern are fantastic, and they bring a unique soul jazz approach from their native Memphis into play with the firey Chicago rhythm of Cranshaw and Perkins. Great stuff, great remastering, and a dozen tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Paul SerranoBlues Holiday/Daddy-O Presents MJT + 3 ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1957/1960. Used ... $14.99
Although you may recognize Paul Serrano's name from the production credits on countless Chicago soul LPs (on just about every label), this LP's one of the few albums that the trumpeter ever cut in the straight jazz vein. It was put together as part of the "Cannonball Adderley Presents" series for Riverside, in which Cannonball dug up obscure artists from local scenes around the US – and it was recorded in Chicago, with Bunky Green on alto, Jodie Christian on piano, Don Garrett on bass, and Pete La Roca on drums. The set grooves with a classic Chicago hard bop sound, and is a brilliant example of the kind of crossover in styles and groupings that was happening in the city around the time. Titles include Muhal Richard Abrams' "Dream Of Igor", plus "Blues Holiday", "Me Too", and "Little Niles". Next up is one of the rarest albums of Chicago jazz from the 50s – and one of the greatest, too! Although Walter Perkins' MJT+3 went onto cut a number of records on Vee Jay with a different lineup, this early session features an all-Chicago lineup that differs from the later one, which was augmented by later visitors from Memphis, like Frank Strozier and Harold Mabern. In their place are prime Chicago talents, like altoist Nicky Hill, trumpeter Paul Serrano, and the great AACM composer/pianist Richard Muhal Abrams (playing here without the Muhal in his name!) The album's a complete delight, and is filled with loads of original compositions by Abrams that mix hard bop lines with more exotic lyrical conceptions – a true meeting of all the sides of jazz bubbling under in Chicago during the 50s, and a delight to listen to over and over again through the years! Titles include "No Man's Land", "Little Brother", "Egypic", "End Of The Line", and "Temporarily Out Of Order". CD
 
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Cannonball Adderley, Gene Ammons, & OthersSummit Meeting ... LP
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Very Good ... $1.99
A classic collection of some of the hippest jazz on Vee Jay – with work by Lee Morgan, Art Blakey, Paul Chambers, Louis Hayes, Wayne Shorter, and the MJT+3! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing.)

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Harold MabernFew Miles From Memphis ... LP
Prestige, 1968. Very Good- ... $24.99
One of Harold Mabern's great soul jazz albums for Prestige, with loads of funky piano, and lots of deep soul in both the writing and the solos. The lineup on this one includes George Coleman on tenor, Bill Lee on bass, and Walter Perkins on drums – the latter two of whom were Harold's bandmates in the great MJT+3. Tracks includ "B&B", "Few Miles from Memphis", "Walkin' Back", and "Syden Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing. Cover has light wear and a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Frank StrozierCloudy & Cool (The Unreleased Album) ... CD
Vee Jay (Spain), 1960. Used ... $8.99
The incredible second album from saxophonist Frank Strozier – recorded for Vee Jay records after his initial debut, but for some reason never issued at the time! Strozier was really hitting on all burners at this point – fusing the Memphis soul of his roots with the soulful hardbop he was crafting in Chicago with Harold Mabern and the MJT+3 – a sound that he replicates nicely here, in an intimate quartet setting with Bill Lee on bass, Vernel Fournier on drums, and Billy Wallace on piano. The tunes are moody and soulful – a masterpiece in understatement, and proof that Strozier was one of the most inventive non-Charlie Parker inspired altoists of his time! The CD adds a huge amount of alternate takes to the original sessions – making for a total of 15 numbers in all, with titles that include "Day In Day Out", "Stairway To The Stars", "Cloudy & Cool", "She", "Chris", and "No More". CD

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Frank StrozierFantastic Frank Strozier ... LP
Vee Jay, 1959. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A seminal early recording from one of our favorite reed players ever! In the late 1950s, the young Frank Strozier came up to Chicago from Memphis, along with his longtime friend, pianist Harold Mabern. The two of them both settled nicely in the city's MJT+3 combo, where they proceeded to recorde some incredible hardbop sessions for Vee Jay. During that same time, Strozier began to emerge as a strong soloist and a competent leader in his own right, and Vee Jay gave him a much-needed crack at this debut album. The session's a perfect showcase for Strozier's lyrical beauty, and given the quality of the work, it's a wonder he was never more famous. The group's a quintet, and Strozier's ably teamed with Booker Little, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. Titles include "WK Blues", "Waltz Of The Demons", "Runnin", and "Off Shore". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)
Also available Fantastic Frank Strozier (with bonus tracks) ... CD 13.99

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Frank StrozierFantastic Frank Strozier (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Vee Jay, 1959. Used ... $13.99
A seminal early recording from one of our favorite reed players ever! In the late 1950s, the young Frank Strozier came up to Chicago from Memphis, along with his longtime friend, pianist Harold Mabern. The two of them both settled nicely in the city's MJT+3 combo, where they proceeded to recorde some incredible hardbop sessions for Vee Jay. During that same time, Strozier began to emerge as a strong soloist and a competent leader in his own right, and Vee Jay gave him a much-needed crack at this debut album. The session's a perfect showcase for Strozier's lyrical beauty, and given the quality of the work, it's a wonder he was never more famous. The group's a quintet, and Strozier's ably teamed with Booker Little, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Jimmy Cobb. This great CD reissue features a few extra tracks that were not issued on the original album. Titles include "WK Blues", "A Starling's Theme", "Off Shore", "Lucka Duce", and "Tibbit". CD
(Out of print 90s Vee Jay US pressing.)
Also available Fantastic Frank Strozier ... LP 24.99
 
 
 



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