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Max RoachAgain Volume 2 ... LP
Affinity (UK), 1960/1961. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Some of the hippest Max Roach work of the 60s! This album features one half of the set that was issued on Affinity as a double LP. This first side is made up of 3 tracks featuring Clifford Jordan on tenor, Coleridge Parkinson on piano, and Abbey Lincoln on some vocals – all recorded at an unknown location in 1961: "Long As You're Living", "Who Will Buy", and "Love For Sale". The second side has 2 tracks from a concert in Paris, with Max's group that included Tommy & Stanley Turrentine, as well as Julian Priester. The tracks are long and open-ended – with an approach that you wouldn't find on the group's Mercury sides from the time – both Roach originals: "Kardouba" and "Stop Motion", with the Turrentines stretching out in a soul jazz searching mode that's quite different than their Blue Note work. LP, Vinyl record album
(Spanish pressing. Cover has some light wear.)

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Max RoachAward Winning Drummer (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Time (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $16.99
An obscure set from Max Roach – but right up there with his best work of the late 50s on Mercury and other labels! The album features the "award winning" drummer in a quintet with Booker Little on trumpet, Ray Draper on tuba, George Coleman on tenor, and Art Davis on bass – a cool piano-less group that hits some really unusual notes! Draper's horn provides a deep bottom to the record, mixing with Davis' exotic tones nicely – and the album represents Roach's increasing penchant for experimentation in the post Clifford Brown years – tunes with an offbeat edge that's really great. Titles include "Pies Of Quincy", "Tuba De Nod", "Milano", and "Sadiga". CD features 6 bonus alternate takes too! CD

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Max RoachDeeds Not Words ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Very Good ... $19.99
A seminal set from Max Roach – the start of his more righteous stretch in jazz, as you might guess from the title of the album! At some level, the record's got a bit of the feel of the post-Clifford Brown Mercury years from Roach – but at another, it's stretching out towards the directions Max would explore fully on the Candid, Impulse, and Fantasy labels in the 60s – an approach to hardbop that often really pushes its limits – not content to simply set up solos for the players, and instead moving with a much more forceful energy overall! Group members include Booker Little on trumpet, George Coleman on tenor, Ray Draper on tuba, and Art Davis on bass – and the lack of a piano makes for a very exciting sound! The album's got 2 great originals by Bill Lee – "Jodie's Cha Cha" and "Deeds Not Words" – plus Draper's classic "Filide", and the groundbreaking "Conversation" – a very cool solo by Roach on the drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has masking tape on all seams.)

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Max RoachIt's Time ... CD
Impulse, 1962. Used ... $6.99
Stunning! This is a beautiful album that's one of Max Roach's most powerful recordings, and a record that's been the inspiration for countless other imitations over the years. Roach leads a group with Richard Williams, Clifford Jordan, and Mal Waldron – and they're matched with a vocal chorus led by Coleridge Perkinson, who also did the arrangements for Donald Byrd's classic "with voices" albums. Unlike those, though, this set's a damn angry bunch of compositions, and the chorus wails away in a loud screaming powerful mode that will blow away any of your preconceptions about the "with voices" mode. The group sings wordless vocals (except for one cut, which has Abbey Lincoln singing in the lead), and provides a searing backdrop of sound for the band's razor sharp playing. Every cut's a winner, and the whole thing's a masterpiece! Titles include "The Profit", "It's Time", and "Another Valley". CD
(Out of print.)

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Max RoachMax Roach + 4 At Newport ... LP
EmArcy, Late 50s. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Incredible material from Max's "plus 4" group that included Ray Draper, George Coleman, Booker Little, and Art Davis! The band at the time was forging a haunting mix of hardbop and lyrical modernism, and was driven by Max's progressive vision and rich talent for selecting just the right players for just the right moments. This Newport set by the group is far better than most of the other late 50s Newport snoozers, and it catches them playing some nicely open-ended versions of tracks like Kenny Dorham's "Villa", Booker Little's "Minor Mode", and Eddie Vinson's "Tune Up". Also features a nice extended version of "Love For Sale". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Cover has a small bottom seam split, but is otherwise nice.)

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Max RoachMax Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker ... CD
Mercury, 1957/1958. Used ... $9.99
A killer batch of hardbop tracks – no-nonsense, straight-ahead, and with all the fire of Roach's work with Clifford Brown! The set was recorded a few years after the untimely death of the Brown/Roach group – and although the album's got "Charlie Parker" in the title, there's a lot more going on here than just a bop revival mode. Players include Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, and George Coleman – and the album's got that Prestige Records feel from the late 50s, similar to some of Mobley's own work for that label at the time. Titles include "Yardbird Suite", "Confirmation", "Koko", "Billie's Bounce", and "Au Privave". CD also features 4 bonus cuts – "Anthropology", "Tune Up", "This Time The Dream's On Me", and "Raoul". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker ... LP 19.99

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Max RoachMax Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker ... LP
Mercury, 1957/1958. Very Good ... $19.99
A killer batch of hardbop tracks – no-nonsense, straight-ahead, and with all the fire of Roach's work with Clifford Brown! The set was recorded a few years after the untimely death of the Brown/Roach group – and although the album's got "Charlie Parker" in the title, there's a lot more going on here than just a bop revival mode. Players include Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, and George Coleman – and the album's got that Prestige Records feel from the late 50s, similar to some of Mobley's own work for that label at the time. Titles include "Yardbird Suite", "Confirmation", "Koko", "Billie's Bounce", and "Au Privave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Mercury pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "Yardbird Suite".)
Also available Max Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker ... CD 9.99

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Max RoachMax Roach 4 Plays Charlie Parker (Trip pressing) ... LP
Mercury/Trip, 1957/1958. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A killer batch of hardbop tracks – no-nonsense, straight-ahead, and with all the fire of Roach's work with Clifford Brown! The set was recorded a few years after the untimely death of the Brown/Roach group – and although the album's got "Charlie Parker" in the title, there's a lot more going on here than just a bop revival mode. Players include Kenny Dorham, Hank Mobley, and George Coleman – and the album's got that Prestige Records feel from the late 50s, similar to some of Mobley's own work for that label at the time. Titles include "Yardbird Suite", "Confirmation", "Koko", "Billie's Bounce", and "Au Privave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Trip pressing from the 70s.)

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✨✧ Booker LittleBooker Little 4 & Max Roach ... CD
Blue Note, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The legendary trumpeter Booker Little – paired here with drummer Max Roach, who was frequently Book's leader at the time! The set's got a sharp-edged and modern mix of hardbop and fresh ideas – very similar to the best Roach albums of the time – and with a similar sort of group – given that in addition to Little's trumpet, the set also features George Coleman on tenor, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Art Davis on bass! All arrangements were done by Little – making the album a real showcase of that bold vision in jazz that was taken from us all too soon – and titles include "Milestones", "Rounder's Mood", "Dungeon Waltz", and "Jewel's Tempo". CD
(Out of print first pressing.)

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✨✧ Max RoachMany Sides Of Max (Trip pressing) ... LP
Mercury/Trip, Early 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great record – and one that's a lot more unified than the title might make you think! The set has Max post-Clifford Brown, post-the hardbop group that followed Brown, in his more searching soulful mode, playing with some steller younger talents like Booker Little, George Coleman, Julian Priester, and Art Davis. The writing on the album's impeccable – and the set features a version of an early Muhal Richard Abrams composition, "Lepa", plus Bill Lee's "Connie's Bounce", and Roach's own "A Little Sweet", and "Tympanalli". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Max RoachAward Winning Drummer ... LP
Time, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An obscure set from Max Roach – but right up there with his best work of the late 50s on Mercury and other labels! The album features the "award winning" drummer in a quintet with Booker Little on trumpet, Ray Draper on tuba, George Coleman on tenor, and Art Davis on bass – a cool piano-less group that hits some really unusual notes! Draper's horn provides a deep bottom to the record, mixing with Davis' exotic tones nicely – and the album represents Roach's increasing penchant for experimentation in the post Clifford Brown years – tunes with an offbeat edge that's really great. Titles include "Pies Of Quincy", "Tuba De Nod", "Milano", and "Sadiga". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Award Winning Drummer (with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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Booker LittleBooker Little & Friend ... CD
Bethlehem/Avenue, 1961. Used ... $7.99
A fantastic sextet session recorded in 1961, shortly before Booker Little's death – and filled with all the promise and power he ever packed into his playing! There's a sharp, angular groove to many of the numbers here – that mix of modern and hardbop that was cresting best in the early 60s Blue Note generation – and which echoes some of the work that Little had done with Max Roach in the years before this date. The lineup's filled with great players to help Book realize his strongest musical vision – Julian Priester on trombone, George Coleman on tenor, Don Friedman on piano, Reggie Workman on bass, and Pete LaRoca on drums – and although the set's issued on the sometimes-staid Bethlehem label, it's got all the sharper edges of an early 60s date on a label like Impulse or Candid! Titles include "Matilde", "Booker's Blues", "Forward Flight", and "Victory and Sorrow". This CD reissue contains 2 alternate takes, too – for a total of 9 cuts in all! CD
(Out of print 1994 pressing.)

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Freddie RoachAll That's Good ... LP
Blue Note, 1964. Very Good ... $49.99
All that's good, and plenty more – as the set's one of the most unusual records ever from free-thinking Hammond player Freddie Roach! Roach was always one of the more righteous talents of his generation – but here, he takes things even further, but playing in a "with voices" style that's similar to some of Donald Byrd and Max Roach's experiments with Coleridge Perkinson! Roach still uses plenty of Hammond on the set – in the lead of a group that includes Conrad Lester on tenor and Calvin Newborn on guitar – but the record also features three singers adding in some soulful vocal choruses with the instrumentation – not in a vocal jazz way, but more in a spiritual tone that really adds a lot to the sound! Roach both wrote most of the work and the notes for the set – definitely one of the more intellectual Hammond players of his day – and titles include "All That's Good", "Blues For 007", "Cloud 788", "Journeyman", and "Loie". LP, Vinyl record album
(New York stereo pressing – with Van Gelder stamp and ear. NOTE: Cover has moderate moisture staining with peeling & splitting along the bottom. Label has some peeling & staining.)

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✨✧ Slide HamptonDrum Suite (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Mosaic, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Slide Hampton's greatest records of all time – a totally hip batch of tracks recorded with a large group that reminds us of some of Max Roach's ensembles of the early 60s! No surprise, Roach is a key part of the album – pounding away with frenzy on Hampton's 5-part "Drum Suite", and working well here on other tracks with players that include Yusef Lateef and George Coleman on tenor, Freddie Hubbard and Hobart Dotson on trumpet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, Eddie Khan on bass, and both Hampton and Benjamin Jacobs-El on trombones. There's a righteous, majestic energy to most of the tracks – not just the pivotal "Drum Suite" in five parts, but also the originals "Gallery Groove" and "Fump" – plus versions of "Lover", "Our Waltz", and "Stella By Starlight". CD features 2 bonus tracks – "Sleigh Ride" and 'Well You Needn't". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Joe HarriottHelter Skelter – Live, Rare, & Previously Unrelased Recordings 1955 to 1963 ... CD
Acrobat (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Rare work by one of the greatest saxophonists on the London scene in the 50s and 60s – Jamaican alto player Joe Harriott, who really burst into flame when he traveled overseas! This package brings together a few different slices of Harriott recordings during these important years – the first a 4-track EP that was originally released in 7" format by Columbia UK – with Joe on alto, Phil Seamen on drums, Max Harris on piano, and Sammy Stokes on bass – on titles that include "Dicky Bird", "Don't Blame Me", and "What Is This Thing Called Love". Next are two long tracks that were originally on a 10" album billed as the Melody Maker All-Stars, on Nixa – a group that also featured Don Rendell on tenor, Bill Le Sage on vibes, Dave Lee on piano, Kenny Baker on trumpet, and Allan Ganley on drums – all arranged and conducted by Johnny Dankworth – on the tracks "Top Score" and "Mood Indigo". Next are three tracks that Joe recorded with the group of German leader Kurt Edelhagen in 1959 – unissued titles that include "Night In Tunisia", "Autumn In New York", and "I Didn't Know What Time It Was". Last up are four more mostly unissued tracks from 1963 – featuring the Daily Mail International Jazz Festival All-Stars – which also included Shake Keane on trumpet, John Dankworth on alto, Allan Branscombe on vibes and piano, and Coleridge Goode on bass. Titles include "Festival Jump", "Helter Skelter", "Jackie-ing", and "Milestones". CD

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Thelonious MonkAll Monk – The Riverside Albums (16CD set) ... CD
Concord (Italy), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 16CDs ... $54.99
A full document of the genius of Thelonious Monk on Riverside Records – a late 50s stretch when the composer really came into his own – and delivered even more on the promise of his music than anyone would have expected just a few short years before! By the time of these albums, Monk was already a composer and pianist of some note – with some crucial recordings for Blue Note and Prestige under his belt. Yet at Riverside, he really got the chance to open up in so many different ways – move past the trio material that dominated his earlier years, and try out new modes that really exploded the sound of jazz for the modern generation – helping to bridge paths forward and back, introduce new voices to Monk's sonic spectrum, and lay the groundwork for creativity in the final years of his life. Some tracks are trio, a few are solo, but there's also really important work with horns – including tenor material by John Coltrane, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Griffin, and Sonny Rollins – as well as the formation of Monk's quartet with Charlie Rouse, which would dominate his Columbia Records material of the 60s. Even the drummers alone are great – a list that includes Art Taylor, Roy Haynes, Max Roach, Kenny Clarke, and Art Blakey – and the set also features some trumpet work by Clark Terry at his hippest, plus Joe Gordon and Thad Jones. All albums come with original artwork, in small little LP-styled covers – and many feature bonus tracks too. Albums include Thelonious Monk Plays Duke Ellington, Unique Thelonious Monk, Brilliant Corners, Thelonious Himself, Monk's Music, Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane, Mulligan Meets Monk, Thelonious In Action, Misterioso, At Town Hall, 5 By Monk By 5, Alone In San Francisco, At The Blackhawk, Monk In France, Thelonious Monk In Italy, and San Francisco Holiday. CD

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OrgoneBeyond The Sun ... LP
Colemine, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $22.99 24.98
Man, Orgone sound deeper here than we ever remember before – working with an even more classic soul groove than on their debut recordings for Ubiquity – even though those were totally great too! Orgone emerge here as way more than just another combo from the funky underground – and have this classic quality that really draws heavily from the lead vocals of Adryon De Leon, a singer who hearkens back to 70s funk divas like Maxayn or Betty Davis, but who can also lay into a mellower groove when she wants as well. The instrumentation follows suite, too – with a core focus on sharp guitars and keyboards, but sometimes expanded with a bit of horns that warm up perfectly in the production. These guys have found a surprisingly great home in the soulful style of the Shanachie label – and titles include "Don't Push Your Luck", "No Pain", "Picture On The Wall", "Meat Machine", "When Someone's Love Is Real", "Losin You", and "Down Down Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Finally on vinyl – nice 2LP pressing, too!)

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Bob Summers/Barbara McNairIf He Hollers, Let Him Go! ... LP
Tower, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A nice little soundtrack – one of the more serious efforts on the Tower Records label, and a nice batch of soulful tunes, both instrumental and vocal! Bob Summers was the musical director of the album, but a number of the cuts are written by Sammy Fain and Charles Martin – and the best number in the set, "So Tired", was written by Coleridge Perkinson, who'd already worked with Donald Byrd and Max Roach by the time of this record. Barbara McNair sings vocals on a few of the tunes, but the instrumentals are even better – with some nice orchestrations, and a bit of solo organ or guitar. Titles include "A Man Has To Love", "So Tired", and "Can't Make It With The Same Man Twice", all done in a number of versions. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Donald ByrdNew Perspective ... LP
Blue Note, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic album that mixes trumpet and voices in a swirling soulful sound that worked very well for Byrd's career! Byrd's sparkling trumpet fronts a tight septet that includes Hank Mobley, Herbie Hancock, and Kenny Burrell – and which is backed by arrangements by Coleridge Perkinson and Duke Pearson. The sound is beautiful and spiritual, with a sound that mixes Blue Note hardbop with a style that would later show up on labels like Strata East, or in the experiments of Max Roach and Billy Harper. The tracks are long and moody, and the vocal group never gets in the way, but instead backs Byrd in a way that lets him hit new heights, and which gives him a stronger sense of voice. Includes the classic "Christo Redentor", plus "Chant", "The Black Disciple", and "Elijah". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has split seams with tape remnants, and a name in marker on back.)

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerBird – The Complete Charlie Parker On Verve (10 CD set) ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 10 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A jazz treasure chest – an extraordinary bounty of Bird on Verve! You get absolutely everything here, master takes, alternate takes, loads of previously unissued material, rehearsals, incomplete takes, you get it all! Sidemen include Benny Carter, Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, Gil Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, John Lewis, Machito, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Ben Webster and Lester Young. There's 177 (!!) tracks in all, so we can't list all the titles here, but some of them include "Blues For Norman", "The Bird", "Repetition", "No Noise", "Okiedoke", "The Opener", "Lester Leaps In", "Flyin' Home", "Perdido", "Everything Happens To Me", "April In Paris", "Summertime", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Bloomdido", "Mohawk", "My Melancholy Baby", "Leapfrog", "East Of The Sun", "I'll Remember April", "Au Privave", "KC Blues", "Swedish Schnapps", "Estrellita", "Funky Blues", "Jam Blues", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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