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Modern Jazz QuartetEuropean Concert ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Very Good 2LP Gatefold ... $5.99
A double-length live set from the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded in Scandinavia in 1960, almost as a summation of the group's growing genius in the 50s! The tunes are a mix of John Lewis and Milt Jackson originals, plus other songs all given the wonderful MJQ twist – distilled into a sublime blend of piano, vibes, bass, and drums – all delivered with a sense of class, but never too much polish. The album is live, but still has that sophisticated composure that made the group so unique at the time – and the whole thing's a perfect complement to their famous studio albums on Atlantic! Set features 15 tracks in all – including "Django", "Bluesology", "La Ronde", "Festival Sketch", "Vendome", "Odds Against Tomorrow", "Skating In Central Park", "The Cylinder", "Bags' Groove", "I Should Care", "Round Midnight", and "It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetLegendary Profile ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A cool 70s album from the Modern Jazz Quartet – and one that has John Lewis playing a bit of electric piano, in addition to his usual acoustic keys! At some level, it almost feels like the group's working off the lessons learned during their Apple Records years – and are also picking up some elements of Milt Jackson's work on other projects in the late 60s – as the record has a soulful groove you might not normally expect from the MJQ, and less of the more academic tones that had marked some of their earlier 60s recordings for Atlantic. Tunes are really nicely focused, but still have that strong sense of space and sound that's the Lewis' hallmark – and Jackson's nicely-pointed vibes sound really great next to Lewis' keys, whether acoustic or electric. Titles include "The Legendary Profile", "Valeria", "Misty Roses", "The Martyr", and "What Now My Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An expanded setting for the Modern Jazz Quartet – and a very compelling little record that has the core combo augmented by larger orchestrations from Gunther Schuller – who has a very sympathetic ear for their sound! Schuller's charts are never overwhelming – and instead shade things in with subtle strings and cascading colors that work perfectly with the piano of John Lewis and vibes of Milt Jackson – modes that echo their more modern elements, yet still retain the sense of warmth that always kept the MJQ from ever sounding too academic. In a way, the larger backdrops almost give the music a jazz soundtrack feel – maybe more so than some of the group's smaller lineup outings for film. Titles include "England's Carol", "Around The Blues", "Divertimento", and "Concertino For Jazz Quartet & Orchestra". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1957. Used ... $15.99
One of the first Modern Jazz Quartet albums on Atlantic – a 1957 set that finds the crew in one of their freshest periods – laying down their soon-to-be trademark style in a fashion that warrants the self-titled tag! The set kicks off with a stellar medley of standards, all given the tight MJQ touch! The crew strolls through "They Say It's Wonderful", "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Body And Soul" and more in that 10 minute stretch. Other album highlights include the drum-heavy "La Ronde", a sweet reading of "Night In Tunisia", "Baden Baden", "Bag's Groove" and "Yesterdays". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet With Milt Jackson (Prestige LP 160) (10 inch LP) ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s. Good ... $3.99
Titles include early recordings of "Vendome" and "La Ronde" – plus "Delauny's Dilemma", "Autumn In New York", "All The Things You Are", and "But Not For Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has heavy wear, with masking tape along the seams. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetOne Never Knows – Original Film Score For No Sun In Venice By John Lewis ... CD
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The MJQ always manage to sound especially great when working on music for film – and this album's a great illustration of that fact! The work here is written by John Lewis, for a movie that never lasted the test of time as much as the record – and it's some of John's most evocative writing of the time – almost imagistic enough without the film – filled with tones and colors that are quite visual, especially in the hands of this great group! Selections are played by the core quartet of Milt Jackson on vibes, John Lewis on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and Connie Kay on drums – and titles include "The Golden Striker", "One Never Knows", "The Rose Truc", "Venice", "Cortege", and "Three Windows". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetPyramid (Jazz Heritage pressing) ... CD
Atlantic/Jazz Heritage, 1960. Used ... $3.99
Features a long reading of "Pyramid" – plus "Django", "Romaine", "Vendome", and "It Don't Mean A Thing". CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz QuartetTopsy – This One's For Basie ... LP
Pablo, 1985. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet & Laurindo AlmeidaCollaboration ... LP
Atlantic, 1964. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Moody vibes and light guitar – a wonderful meeting of two unique talents – the third stream jazz of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and the introspective guitar of Laurindo Almeida! The session blends together a host of different influences – from classical guitar to bossa nova to modern jazz – all with the light and spacious touches of the MJQ at their best, recorded with some really warm brilliance that makes the whole set sparkle! Titles include "Foi A Saudade", "One Note Samba", "Fugue In A Minor", "Silver", "Trieste", and "Concierto De Arajunez". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & purple label pressing.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Quartet & Laurindo AlmeidaCollaboration (Label M pressing) ... CD
Atlantic/Label M, 1964. Used ... $8.99
Moody vibes and light guitar – a wonderful meeting of two unique talents – the third stream jazz of the Modern Jazz Quartet, and the introspective guitar of Laurindo Almeida! The session blends together a host of different influences – from classical guitar to bossa nova to modern jazz – all with the light and spacious touches of the MJQ at their best, recorded with some really warm brilliance that makes the whole set sparkle! Titles include "Foi A Saudade", "One Note Samba", "Fugue In A Minor", "Silver", "Trieste", and "Concierto De Arajunez". CD
(Out of print, marker over barcode.)

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Modern Jazz Quartet with Sonny RollinsModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Sonny Rollins ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Good ... $3.99
The Modern Jazz Quartet with a very noteworthy addition – the great Sonny Rollins, whose work on this record really makes it a cut above the usual MJQ outing for Atlantic! As on the quartet's previous Music Inn album with Jimmy Giuffre, the addition of a reed player really inflects their trademark sound with a new range of sounds and feelings – and Rollins himself cuts back on the hardbop influences, and shows some great restraint in matching some of the group's more modern modes. Sonny only plays on 2 of the album's 6 tracks – but that's enough to open it up nicely – and on other numbers, the MJQ begin in their usual mellower mode, but then seem to step things up with more boppish inflections, almost anticipating Rollins' arrival on the last 2 numbers. Sonny plays on the tunes "Bag's Groove" and "Night In Tunisia" – and other titles include "Midsommer", "Festival Sketch", "Yardbird Suite", and an opening medley. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear & aging. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Quartet/Quartetto Di Milano/HungarianQuartet Is A Quartet Is A Quartet ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1964. Used ... $1.99
The title's a bit misleading, because while the 3 groups on the session are all quartets, they're hardly similar in the associative way the record assumes! Side one features 4 tracks by the Modern Jazz Quartet – re-recordings of a few classics, plus one new one for the set – titles that include "Reunion Blues", "Winter Tale", "Concorde", and "Yesterdays". But side two actually features a string quartetQuartetto Di Milano – playing the atonal "Funf Satze" by Anton Webern – plus the Hungarian Gypsy Quartet, doing a concert medley of traditional tunes in a violin-based way. So while the album may be some sort of attempt by the MJQ to further tie themselves to Europe – it's also kind of an unusual mix of jazz, avant classical, and folkloric styles! CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Quartet40th Anniversary Celebration ... CD
Atlantic, 1992/1993. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Jazz Heritage pressing. Out of print.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetDjango ... CD
Prestige/OJC, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stone classic from the Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded back when the group still featured Kenny Clarke in its membership, but already with some of the more serious, somber tones that would mark the combo's more famous years! Tracks here are from a variety of sessions in 1953, 1954, and 1955 – and trace an evolution of the MJQ style from initial more composed renditions of bop and modern jazz, to some of the more ambitious colors and tones of the Lewis-penned songbook. Titles include longish readings of "Django" and "La Ronde Suite", plus "Milano", "But Not For Me", "The Queen's Fancy", and "Delaunay's Dilemma". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetLonging For The Continent ... CD
LRC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very cool lost slice of work by the Modern Jazz Quartet – a concert recorded in Paris in 1958, and one that features a guest appearance by the Jazz Group De Paris on a few tracks! The core MJQ work here is especially great – served up with a sound that's a bit looser, and almost with more of an edge than some of their studio sides from the time – especially on Milt Jackson's vibes, which ring out with a boldness that we really love. The Jazz Group De Paris, led by Andre Hodier, make an appearance on the tracks "Ambiquite" and "Sketch 3" – adding in extra horn parts that have a sharp-edged and modern sound that's really great. Other straight quartet numbers include "Midsommer", "Django", "Animal Dance", "England's Carol", and "Bag's Groove".. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet (Atlantic) ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first MJQ albums on Atlantic – and a bit fresher than some of their later outings, when it seemed like they were churning records out at the drop of a hat! Titles include an extended medley of standards, all given the MJQ touch – plus the drum-heavy "La Ronde", and the tracks "Baden Baden", "Bag's Groove", and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Broadway label pressing.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetSheriff ... CD
Atlantic/Wounded Bird, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A moody early 60s set by the great MJQ for Atlantic – for the first time on CD! Overall the group rolls and swings in a bit rougher mode than they do on their brighter efforts, but they still hit the sweet spot and swing when the mood fits! The record works best when Milt Jackson's vibes are let loose, as on the playful reading of "Mean To Me", and John Lewis's piano sets the mood as in "Carnival" (the Luiz Bonfa tune). Other tracks include Lewis's "The Sheriff", "In A Crowd", "Donnie's Theme" and "Natural Affection", plus "Bachianas Brasileiras". CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Quartet With Jimmy GiuffreModern Jazz Quartet At Music Inn – Guest Artist Jimmy Giuffre ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great addition to the Modern Jazz Quartet – as the clarinet of Jimmy Giuffre brings a sharp modern edge to the record! The album's similar to the other MJQ Music Inn date with Sonny Rollins – and shows how the addition of a reed player can really unlock new colors, tones, and possibilities in the sounds of the group. And in this case, given the Giuffre's at the height of his early powers – coming off some sublime trio dates for Atlantic – the pairing of players is completely sublime! Titles include "A Fugue At Music Inn", "Serenade", and "Fun". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on London. Cover has pieces of yellowed tape holding the flapbacks.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetBlues At Carnegie Hall ... LP
Atlantic, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
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(Blue & green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetLive In Paris – 1960/1961 (3CD set) ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1960/1961. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Unreleased material by the legendary Modern Jazz Quartet – recorded live in Paris in 1960 and 1961, at a time when the city was virtually becoming a second home for the group! The recording quality is great – these performances appear to be done for radio – and there's an open-ended sense of performance that's both different than the group's studio recordings of the period, and even some of their other live material too – a way of hearing their perfection in action, but with maybe more of a sense of spontaneity too. John Lewis speaks a bit, announcing some songs – and titles include "Pyramid", "La Ronde", "Django", "Bluesology", "Why Are You Blue", "Lonely Woman", "Animal Dance", "Piazza Navona", "Colombine", "Belkis", "How High The Moon", "Concorde", "Fugato", "Trieste", "Bag's Groove", "Night In Tunisia", "Golden Striker", "If I Were Eve", and "Yesterdays". CD
 
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Australian Jazz QuartetAustralian Jazz Quartet/Quintet ... LP
Bethlehem, 1956. Very Good ... $14.99
Forget the hokey kangaroo picture on the cover, because the record's a mighty sweet set of 50s modern jazz – played by some key musicians from Australian who were working in the US at the time! The record's got a style that's somewhere between the hippest sessions of LA and Sweden at the time – all the coolness of both scenes, but a sense of playful expression that really comes through on some of the more unusual passages. The core group features Errol Buddle and Dick Healey on reeds, Bryce Rhode on piano, and Jack Brokensha on vibes – with added work from John Fawcett or Jimmy Gannon on bass, and Nick Stabulas on drums. Titles include "Loose Walk", "Like Someone In Love", "Music For Walkin", "Fascinating Rhythm", "A Foggy Day", and "Little Girl Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing, with deep groove. Cover has a split spine & some aging on the back.)

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Charles Bell & The Contemporary Jazz QuartetAnother Dimension ... CD
Atlantic (Japan), 1962. Used ... $9.99
A wonderful set by the enigmatic Charles Bell – a 60s modernist, but one with a great sense of soul! The album definitely lives up to its title, and has a fresh approach to the medium – a style that has some of the Modern Jazz Quartet influence in its structure, yet which also shares some more complex rhythmic ideas from the Ornette Coleman camp – mixed with a straighter hardbop vibe as well! The blend is quite compelling – and in addition to Bell's work on piano, the set also features Bill Smith on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Allan Blairman on drums. Titles include "Satan Said", "Django", "Portrait Of Aunt Mary", "Theme", and "Bass Line". CD
(Includes obi.)
Also available Another Dimension ... LP 19.99

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Charles Bell & The Contemporary Jazz QuartetAnother Dimension ... LP
Atlantic, 1962. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A wonderful set by the enigmatic Charles Bell – a 60s modernist, but one with a great sense of soul! The album definitely lives up to its title, and has a fresh approach to the medium – a style that has some of the Modern Jazz Quartet influence in its structure, yet which also shares some more complex rhythmic ideas from the Ornette Coleman camp – mixed with a straighter hardbop vibe as well! The blend is quite compelling – and in addition to Bell's work on piano, the set also features Bill Smith on guitar, Ron Carter on bass, and Allan Blairman on drums. Titles include "Satan Said", "Django", "Portrait Of Aunt Mary", "Theme", and "Bass Line". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original blue and green label pressing.)
Also available Another Dimension ... CD 9.99

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Bob BrookmeyerBob Brookmeyer Quartet (10 inch LP) ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Very Good+ ... $58.99
Bob Brookmeyer in quartet mode, working with John Williams on piano, Frank Isola on drums, and either Bill Anthony or Red Mitchell on bass. The group's got a very Getz-like approach – one that's clean and modern, but with a looseness that's different from the way a west coast combo might have handled the material. Bob's horn is great throughout – blowing cleanly, but with a good deal of feeling – miles from the more trad modes of other trombonists of the mainstream at the time, and really sparkling on a set of tunes that includes "Last Chance", "Red Devil", "Traditional Blues", "Doe Eyes", and "Liberty Belle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice and clean overall – vinyl's in great shape! Cover has some light wear, but no splits at all.)

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Bill Evans & Eddie CostaComplete Quartet Recordings (Guys & Dolls Love Vibes, plus more) ... CD
Decca/Lonehill (Spain), 1958. Used ... $14.99
An unusual repackaging of the Decca album Guys & Dolls Love Vibes – originally issued under Eddie Costa's name as the leader, and presented here with a bonus track by the same pairing of Costa and Evans! If you're put off by showtune-oriented jazz sessions, forget the theme of this one and just open your ears – because the album's a lot hipper than you'd expect! Sure, it's one of those "jazz meets Broadway" albums (in this case, tunes from Guys & Dolls), but the group's a sharply modern one – and features the vibes of Eddie Costa in a quintet that includes Bill Evans, Wendell Marshall, and Paul Motian. The Evans/Motian axis is especially strong, and frees the tracks from their usual readings – bringing Costa into territory that he rarely hits on record again for years. Titles include "Adelaide", "Guys & Dolls", "If I Were A Bell", "I'll Know", and "Luck Be A Lady". The bonus track is "Django", performed by a group that includes Evans & Costa, from the Michel Legrand Legrand Jazz sessions in 1958. CD
(Out of print.)

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Gigi Gryce featuring Clifford BrownJazz Time Paris Volumes 11 & 13 ... CD
Vogue/Columbia (UK), 1954. New Copy ... $8.99
An incredible pairing of two of the most important modern jazz talents of the 50s – trumpeter Clifford Brown and altoist Gigi Gryce – whose sense of structure on these tunes really gives Brownie a whole new space in which to shine! Gryce really seems to get at the mixture of sweetness and bite that Clifford can deliver when he's at his best – which comes through brilliantly in his solos, which are then matched by these raspy, soulful lines from Gryce on his alto. The group's a French one – and swing, but really let the American horn players take the lead – with Henri Renaud on piano, Jimmy Gourley on guitar, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Jean Louis Viale on drums. Tracks include "Baby", "Minority", "Salute To The Band Box" and "Strictly Romantic". CD also features a full second 10" album – a quartet date with Brown's trumpet in the lead – in front of a Parisian trio that features Henri Renaud on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass, and Benny Bennett on drums. Titles include "I Can Dream Can't I", "The Song Is You", "You're A Lucky Guy", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "It Might As Well Be Spring", and "Blue & Brown". CD

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Roy Haynes QuartetLive At The Riverbop ... CD
Blue Marge (France), 1979. New Copy ... $12.99 16.99
A hip 70s session from Roy Haynes – recorded in Paris, and a fair bit different than some of his few American dates of the time! The group's a very cool one – with alto and flute from Ricardo Strobert, plus guitar, electric bass, and Roy's drums – a groove that's partly electric, but not really in a fusion way – more a semi-spiritual jazz vibe, with almost a Strata East or Black Jazz undercurrent at times! Haynes wrote most of the tunes for the record, and they're some very sharp-edged numbers – never as arch-modern as some of his work in later years, and instead handled with a wicked sense of rhythm – almost a deeper 70s extension of the wonderful groove that Roy brought to his few dates as a leader in the 60s. The whole thing's a key lost chapter in Haynes career – and titles include versions of Freddie Hubbard's "Little Sunflower" and Wayne Shorter's "Foot Prints" – plus the originals "I'm So High", "Bull Fight", "Riverbop Blues", and "True or False". CD

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Barney KesselLive At The Jazz Mill 1954 ... CD
Modern Harmonic, 1954. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
A fantastic addition to the Barney Kessel catalog of the 50s – a never-heard live set that has the guitarist in form that's every bit as strong as his famous albums for Contemporary Records! In fact, the strength of the recording may well capture Kessel at a level that beats those sessions – as Barney's playing live, with a bit more bite – and really grabs us with the strong tone on his solos – and the sense of energy he gets in a quartet that also includes a young Pete Jolly on piano! The recording quality is excellent – crystal-clear, and very focused – and the set isn't one of those lost tapes that should have stayed "lost" – but instead a real lost chapter in Barney's tremendous career. Titles include "Seven Come Eleven", "How About You", "Somebody Loves Me", "Embraceable You", "Get Happy", and "Stardust". CD

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MastersoundsJazz Showcase – Introducing The Mastersounds ... LP
World Pacific, 1957. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A wonderful record – the first of only a few from this unique group that featured Buddy Montgomery on vibes, Monk Montgomery on electric bass, Richie Crabtree on piano, and Benny Barth on drums! The lineup's a bit like that of the Modern Jazz Quartet in the 50s, but the sound is something different entirely – much more fluid, and often a bit more upbeat too – kind of a soul jazz take on the instrumental lineup, given some great added "bottom", thanks to Monk's use of Fender bass! The tracks have an almost Horace Silver-like mix of soul jazz and exotica – shimmering one minute, soulful the next – and titles include "Water's Edge", "Drum Tune", "The Queen & I", "Dexter's Deck", and "Wes' Tune". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bit of aging, but no splits – and is nice overall.)

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Art PepperModern Art ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $6.99
One of the greatest West Coast jazz LPs of all time! Art Pepper plays beautiful spiralling alto lines with a tight quartet that includes Russ Freeman on piano, Chuck Flores on drums, and Ben Tucker on bass. The whole thing swings in a way that's tough to find on some of Pepper's other albums from the time, and the track list includes "Dianne's Dilemma", "Blues In", "Blues Out", and "Cool Bunny". CD
(Out of print original pressing, not a CDr.)

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Polish Jazz QuartetPolish Jazz Quartet Meets Studio M-2 ... CD
GAD (Poland), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $16.99
A lost chapter in 60s modern European jazz – recordings made by a very hip quartet, working amidst a larger setting created by Polish Radio! The core group features two key names – pianist Wojciech Karolak and saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – both of whom recorded some excellent albums in the 60s, with work that stands as part of the amazing statement of modern jazz that made Poland one of the hippest global scenes at the time! The work here is similar to those records in spirit – particularly some of Wroblewski's more inventive experiments in arranging – and the efforts by the core quartet are expanded by larger groups of musicians on each track – almost with a vibe that's like the Clarke Boland Big Band style of balancing out a tight core with freewheeling energy from key players. Wroblewski is wonderful – especially on tenor, although he plays some great flute too – and none of these tracks were ever issued commercially at the time. Titles include "Ostinati The Portuguese", "Don't Cry", "Sparks", "Outsideria", "Antiselector", "Lazy Waltz", and "Bats". CD

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Polish Jazz QuartetPolish Jazz Quartet Meets Studio M-2 ... LP
GAD (Poland), Mid 60s. New Copy (reissue)... About May 22, 2017 (delayed)
A lost chapter in 60s modern European jazz – recordings made by a very hip quartet, working amidst a larger setting created by Polish Radio! The core group features two key names – pianist Wojciech Karolak and saxophonist Jan Ptaszyn Wroblewski – both of whom recorded some excellent albums in the 60s, with work that stands as part of the amazing statement of modern jazz that made Poland one of the hippest global scenes at the time! The work here is similar to those records in spirit – particularly some of Wroblewski's more inventive experiments in arranging – and the efforts by the core quartet are expanded by larger groups of musicians on each track – almost with a vibe that's like the Clarke Boland Big Band style of balancing out a tight core with freewheeling energy from key players. Wroblewski is wonderful – especially on tenor, although he plays some great flute too – and none of these tracks were ever issued commercially at the time. Titles include "Ostinati The Portuguese", "Don't Cry", "Sparks", "Outsideria", "Antiselector", "Lazy Waltz", and "Bats". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Polish Jazz Quartet Meets Studio M-2 ... CD 16.99

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VariousFrom The German Jazz Festival 1964 ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99
Incredible sounds from the German Jazz Festival of 1964 – a wonderful meeting of modern talents from all over the European continent at the time – including some great work from behind the Iron Curtain too! The album features a few tracks each by a number of different groups – all of them excellent, and the sorts of players who are really under-represented in terms of available recordings – which makes this selection of tracks completely essential! The set begins with "Sopranitis" and "Birmingham Post" – played by a very cool combo with Heinz Sauer on tenor and soprano sax, Joki Freund on the same two instruments, Emil Mangelsdorff on alto, and Gunther Kornberg on alto and baritone – a four-sax group that works with just bass and drums to give them a groove, with strong solos from all players. Next up is the fantastic Zagreb Jazz Quartet – with Bosko Petrovic on vibes – playing "In Walked Bud" and "Degressia" – plus a version of "Bluesette" with a guest appearance by Sven Asmussen. Tenor player Karl Drevo (Drewo) leads a quintet with trumpeter Maffy Falay and pianist Bora Rokovic – on a long reading of "Save Your Love For Me". The legendary quartet of saxophonist Klaus Doldinger is next – his great group with Ingfried Hoffmann on Hammond, Peter Trunk on bass, and Klaus Weiss on drums – with guest work by Rolf Kuhn on tenor and Inge Brandenberg on vocals – on the titles "Waltz Of The Jive Cats", "What's The Matter Daddy", and "Groovin In Berlin". Last up is one of our favorite groups of the time – the quintet of pianist Michael Naura, which also features Wolfgang Schluter on vibes and Peter Reinke on alto – on "Rainy Clouds" and "Rhythm A Ning". CD

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VariousJazz Am Rhein – 1967 to 1968 (6CD set) ... CD
Be! (Germany), 1967/1968. New Copy 6CD ... $89.99 107.99
Fantastic work from two different years of this important German Jazz Festival – material that provides a great live complement to some of the best studio jazz recordings of the late 60s European scene – such as those coming from the MPS label, and some of the record companies in Paris and London! The vibe here is mostly straight, but there are plenty of currents of modern, and maybe just a bit of free – and the set's especially great in illustrating the sort of unique groupings and musical moments that can make the jazz festival scene so rewarding! Material from 1967 includes three long tracks by the group of saxophonist Klaus Doldinger with organist Ingfried Hoffmann; a long performance from a big band led by Kurt Edelhagen, with work from trumpeters Shake Keane and Jimmy Deuchar, tenorists Wilton Gaynair and Karl Drewo, and altoist Derek Humble; four tracks by a quartet led by trumpeter Dusko Goykovich, with Bent Jaedig on tenor; two long improvisations from a group that features Manfred Schoof on trumpet, Gerd Dudek on tenor, Alexander Von Schlippenbach on piano, and Jaki Liebezeit on drums; one track by a quartet with Ted Curson on trumpet and Nick Bridnola on soprano sax; four long cuts by the Clarke Boland Sextet, with Sahib Shihab on flute and baritone, Ake Persson on trombone, and Idrees Sulieman on trumpet; a sweet large group led by organist Ingfried Hoffmann, and a few other hip cuts too. 1968 features work by a sextet led by bassist Peter Trunk, with Shake Keane on flugelhorn, Jiggs Whigham on trombone, and Rob Pronk on piano; four tracks by the Clarke Boland Big Band, with Johnny Griffin and Ronnie Scott on tenor, and Sahib Shihab on baritone; two cuts by the twin tenor group of Hank Mobley and Johnny Griffin; a vocal performance by Jon Hendricks with a Clarke Boland group with Johnny Griffin in the lead; twin trombones from the Slide Hampton and Ake Persson Quintet; hip work from the trio of pianist George Gruntz, bassist Henri Texier, and drummer Daniel Humair; a number of tight tracks from the Maynard Ferguson big band, with Pete King on tenor; and two shorter trio tracks from Joachim Kuhn. Like other Be Music titles, the presentation is great – a really well-done box, and big booklet of notes and images. CD

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VariousKeep It Light – A Panorama Of British Jazz – The Modernists (3CD set) ... CD
El (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy 3CD ... $16.99
Don't take the "keep it light" title too seriously – as the work here is pretty darn heavy overall – a massive look at the way the British jazz scene was rapidly changing with the approach of the 60s – and finally starting to get a voice of its own! The big package takes a look at the best smaller groups and standout soloists of the time – many of whom have clearly been inspired by American modern jazz, from California cool to New York hardbop – but who are also bringing plenty of their own inventive phrasing and arrangements to bear as well – so much so that the London scene was exploding with new surprises at every twist and turn! This 3CD box set features a total of 62 tracks in all – plus a nice booklet of notes – with wonderful work from artists who include Joe Harriott, Dudley Moore, Victor Feldman, Tubby Hayes, Ronnie Scott, Annie Ross, Don Rendell, British Jazz Trio, London Jazz Quartet, Dizzy Reece, Cleo Laine, Tony Crombie, Ronnie Ross, and others. CD

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✨✧ Don Byas/Howard McGhee/James MoodyJazz In Paris – Bebop ... CD
Universal (France), 1947/1948/1949. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the first bop sides cut by Americans in Paris – a quartet of material from four different sessions, issued properly for the first time on CD, with great mastering, and a good set of notes in French and English! Don Byas is at the forefront of two sessions here – one with the Tyree Glenn Orchestra, the other featuring the Don Byas Ree-Boppers – and tracks on those include "Walking Around", "Red Cross", "Cement Mixer", "Mad Monk", "Billie's Bounce", and "The Hour Of Parting". Howard McGhee is next up – with 7 tracks from a rare 1948 session, and titles that include "Big Will", "Donna Lee", "Nicole", "Denise", and "Punkins". Last up are four tunes by James Moody – cut during the prime of his early bop years, in 1949, and done with a nicely modern edge. Titles include "Verso", "Recto", "Oh Well", and "Convulsions". 23 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Miles DavisMiles Davis Quartet – Live At The 1963 Monterey Jazz Festival ... CD
Monterey Jazz Festival/Concord, 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Miles Davis and his Quartet doing their thing at the 1963 Monterey Jazz Fest – a previously unreleased set that finds Miles & Co in peak live form! The group isn't out to set the world on fire with this performance, but they're certainly pushing the form and structure of modern jazz in a way that must have been pretty exciting for a festival audience in '63. The group is George Coleman on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Ron Carter on bass and Tony Williams on drums, with plenty sweet solos among them. Greatness! Titles include longish takes on "Autumn Leaves", "So What", "Stella By Starlight" and "Walkin'", plus the intro "Waiting For Miles" and the closer "The Theme", CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Teo MaceroTeo Macero With The Prestige Jazz Quartet ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few 50s small group sessions recorded by Teo Macero as a leader – and one of the best! Macero's probably better known both for his work as an arranger, and as a producer of famous albums at bigger labels – but here, he's working with a quintet in a laidback vibe that really showcases his talents on the tenor saxophone! The sound is quite modern – with Teddy Charles on vibes and Mal Waldron on piano – both working in more angular styles, with lots of tones and chromes that recall their own best work as leaders at the time. And Macero's horn cuts through these instruments with a sometimes-soulful edge, similar to some of the use of tenor in Charles Mingus' work of the period (no surprise, as Macero had worked with Mingus!) Titles include "What's Not", "Polody", "Ghost Story", "Please Don't Go Now", and "Just Spring". LP, Vinyl record album
(A stunning original pressing – 50th street NYC label, deep groove, RVG etch – and beautiful vinyl! Front cover looks great – almost perfect, save for one spot in the corner – and back has some light aging, but no writing.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz SextetModern Jazz Sextet ... CD
Verve, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
That's the Modern Jazz Sextet – not the Modern Jazz Quartet – although the group definitely borrows a bit of energy from the MJQ, and some personnel too! The group was only put together for this date – and combines the subtle touches of MJQ members John Lewis on piano and Percy Heath on bass, with some harder-edged, hardbop-driven sounds from Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet, Sonny Stitt on alto, Skeeter Best on guitar, and Charlie Persip on drums! The set's got an open, easygoing feel – that loose Verve studio mode of the time – which stems from their jam session modes, but is a bit tighter overall – in ways that really help the players find their energy together in the tunes. Titles include 2 standards, in the usual Verve style – "Mean To Me" and a ballad medley of "Old Folks", "What's New" and "How Deep Is The Ocean" – plus 3 originals – "Blues For Bird", "Tour De Force", and "Dizzy Meets Sonny". CD
(Out of print Verve Master edition.)

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✨✧ Gil MellePrimitive Modern/Quadrama ... CD
Prestige/OJC, 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
An incredible record from an incredible group – one of the most unique-sounding combos of the 50s – headed by baritone saxophonist Gil Melle, and featuring a very compelling combination of instruments! Melle's horn is hardly the heavy honker you might expect – and instead he's sometimes as fluid and soulful as a tenor, other times even more spacious and modern than some of his most impressive 50s contemporaries on the instrument – matched here in brilliance by the amazing guitar work of Joe Cinderella – a player who seems to use the instrument more as a way to generate fast ringing tones, than any sort of usual groove! The mix of colors and tones is completely sublime – and sent homeward by the brilliant drumming of a young Ed Thigpen, and the bass of Billy Phillips. All tunes are originals, and mighty compelling – and titles include "Ironworks", "Dominica", "Mark One", and "Dedicatory Piece To The Geophysical Year Of 1957". Coupled with this album is another great quartet album, Quadrama – one that has more of a straight jazz feel, but which is also great. Titles on that one include "Full House", "Quadrama", "Rush Hour In Hong Kong", and "Walter Ego". Great stuff all round! CD
(Out of print.)
 
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✨✧ Charles MingusJazz Composers Workshop ... CD
Savoy, 1955. Used ... $3.99
A classic session of modernist jazz – and some of Mingus most groundbreaking early work! The album was recorded for Savoy with 2 different groups – one's got Mingus leading John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor, and Mal Waldron on piano, and the other group's a quartet with Macero, Kenny Clarke, and Wally Cirillo. The set marks a strong shift for Mingus – into tightly composed tracks that arc out in complex lines, hinting at the ferocity of later years – and it offers a showcase for a strong set of soloists carefully picked to match Mingus' rich vision. Titles include "Gregarian Chant", "Rose Geranium", "Purple Heart", "Transeason", "Smog L.A.", and "Level Seven". CD also features one bonus track not on the original LP – a previously unissued version of "Body & Soul" cut during the same sessions! CD
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✨✧ Charles MingusJazz Workshop (aka Jazz Composers Workshop) ... LP
Savoy, 1954. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic session of modernist jazz – and some of Mingus most groundbreaking early work! The album was recorded for Savoy with 2 different groups – one's got Mingus leading John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor, and Mal Waldron on piano, and the other group's a quartet with Macero, Kenny Clarke, and Wally Cirillo. The set marks a strong shift for Mingus – into tightly composed tracks that arc out in complex lines, hinting at the ferocity of later years – and it offers a showcase for a strong set of soloists carefully picked to match Mingus' rich vision. Titles include "Gregarian Chant", "Rose Geranium", "Purple Heart", "Transeason", "Smog L.A.", and "Level Seven". LP, Vinyl record album
(In the die-cut cover including the heavy inner sleeve.)

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✨✧ Pete La RocaTurkish Women At The Bath ... LP
Douglas, Late 60s. New Copy (reissue)... $9.99
Despite the stupid name (or perhaps because of it), this is one of the great lost sessions of the 60s! Drummer Pete LaRoca originally cut this set for the tiny Douglas label, and the session's an amazing bit of modernist jazz that features a rare non-Sun Ra appearance by tenorist John Gilmore. Gilmore's playing is fantastic, and quite different from that on some of his Ra albums – probably because the rest of the quartet features Chick Corea and Walter Booker, who groove in a very modal vein. The material's out, but not too out – and although Corea and Gilmore's solos are quite far-reaching, they also snap back nicely into the tight playing of the ensemble. And forget all of your biases against Corea – because at this young age, his playing is great! Very hard to find in this original form! Titles include "Sin Street", "Dancing Girls", "Love Planet", and "Bliss". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Roy HaynesCymbalism ... LP
Prestige, 1963. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A cracker of an album – as fresh today as it was when it was first released in 1963! Roy Haynes is probably best known to the world for his bop work, but in the early 60s, he was a budding modernist with a real sense for lyrical improvisation. As part of a generation that was working on newly musical ways of using the drums – players that included Andrew Cyrille and Chico Hamilton – Haynes had a way of making the kit talk that's quite different than his roots in 50s jazz. Here, he's playing with a very hip quartet that includes Frank Strozier on alto and flute, Ronnie Matthews on piano, and Larry Ridley on bass – crafting tunes that swing at a lovely level, yet also have far-reaching and exploratory passages. The whole album's a delight – and titles include "Modette", "Go N Git It", "La Palomeinding", and "Hag". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Ken VandermarkStraight Lines – Ken Vandermark's Joe Harriott Project ... CD
Atavistic, 1999. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A brilliant meeting of the minds! Tenorist Ken Vandermark pays tribute to the great Joe Harriott – the British modernist sax player, who's finally been getting some attention these days. Harriott was not only a fantastic player, but he also was an incredible writer – and the compositions left behind on albums like Free Form and Abstract stand as some of the highest (and first) modernist moments in British jazz. Vandermark more than does justice to the entire body of work here, and the album features his quartet with Jeb Bishop, Kent Kessler, and Tim Mulvenna – all performing Harriott compositions like "Tonal", "Shadows", "Abstract", "Straight Lines", and "Pictures". CD
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✨✧ VariousComplete Beehive Recordings (12CD set) ... CD
Beehive/Mosaic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 12CD ... Out Of Stock
The long-awaited CD debut of work from the excellent and short-lived Beehive Records – a Chicago company started in the late 70s, to continue the best 60s spirit of Blue Note and Prestige – with a top-shelf roster that included artists like Curtis Fuller, Clifford Jordan, Dizzy Reece, and Johnny Hartman! At a time when most other labels had forgotten about straight, solid, acoustic jazz – Chicago collector Jim Neumann decided to start getting back to basics, and give some of his hardbop heroes a place to record – starting the Beehive label with his wife and just a shoestring budget, and pursing artists who weren't being recorded properly at the time! The result is an excellent run of records – all of which were only issued on vinyl in the late 70s and early 80s, and appear here on CD for the first time ever – in a wonderful package that adds in notes on every session, and traces the short, but wonderful run of Beehive. Like many small labels, Beehive's fame and success was hampered by reasons of distribution and cashflow – but that never kept their music from sounding as best as it possibly could – with plenty of room for the soloists to open up and do their thing, and no attempt at all to modernize or commercialize the recordings. The sessions sparkle like lost gems from overlooked sessions at Rudy Van Gelder's – and offer up a great picture of artists who were almost lost to the record racks at the times – and the 12CD set features the full albums: Baritone Madness by Nick Brigola (with Ted Curson and Pepper Adams); Burn Brigade by Nick Brigola (with Ronnie Cuber, Walter Davis Jr, and Cecil Payne); Neo Nistico by Sal Nistico (with Ted Curson, Ronnie Mathews, and Nick Brigola); Fire & Filigree by Curtis Fuller (with Sal Nistico and Walter Bishop Jr); Manhattan Project by Dizzy Reece (with Clifford Jordan and Charles Davis); Hyde Park After Dark by Clifford Jordan and Von Freeman; Dr Chicago by Clifford Jordan (with Jaki Byard and Red Rodney); Once In Every Life by Johnny Hartman; Starfingers by Sal Salvador (with Eddie Bert and Nick Brignola); Juicy Lucy by Sal Salvador (with Billy Taylor); Roots Branches & Dances by Ronnie Mathews (with Frank Foster); Legacy by Ronnie Mathews (with Bill Hardman and Ricky Ford); New York Jazz Quartet In Chicago by Roland Hanna (with Frank Wess); In High Profile by Dick Katz (with Jimmy Knepper and Frank Wess); Truckin & Trackin by Junior Mance (with David Newman); and Keep On Pushin by Arnett Cobb (with Joe Newman, Al Grey, & Junior Mance). CD
(Numered, limited edition of 5000!)

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Art Blakey/John HandyMessages – Echoes Of An Era (Cubop/Jazz – John Handy III) ... LP
Roulette, 1957. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A pair of great albums from Art Blakey and John Handy! First up is Cubop – a rare Jubilee Records album from Art Blakey – one of his non-Blue Note sets from the late 50s, cut during the year of 1957 – a time when the Jazz Messengers were hopping around a lot of different labels! This version of the group is searing and soulful – and features Johnny Griffin on tenor, Bill Hardman on trumpet, Sam Dockery on piano, and Spanky DeBrest on bass – plus the unusual addition of Sabu Martinez on conga, rocking and rollicking alongside Blakey's drums in an amazing way! The set's quite different than some of Art's "with percussion" dates for Blue Note – as Sabu's congas kind of just set an extra fire to the hardbop groove – giving it a slight Latin flavor, but more than anything, just getting in a wicked edge that really cooks up the session. Griffin is great, as always, and the album features four long tracks "Woddyn You", "Sakeena", "Shorty", and "Dawn On The Desert". Next is Jazz John Handy III one of the few beautiful early albums cut by John Handy for Roulette – and an obscure session that has him playing alto with a quartet that includes a young Walter Bishop Jr. on piano. Handy here is fresh from his work with Mingus – and his alto is filled with fire and emotion, yet also touched by a great deal of warm soufulness. His work with Bishop on the album hearkens towards later directions in 70s soul jazz – but it's also firmly rooted in a modernist hardbop vein. Titles include "Strugglin", "No Smiles Please", "Blues For MF", and "Afternoon Outing". LP, Vinyl record album

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Joe PumaJoe Puma – Quartet & Trio – Jazz ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
Mellow modernism from Joe Puma – one of those guitarists who appeared on countless 50s sessions, then really seemed to disappear from records as the 60s wore on. This album's one of Puma's best – an easily swinging session that flows with warm group interplay, and which never seems to get bogged down in the traps that sometimes plagued sessions of this nature. Side one features a trio with Puma on guitar, Eddie Costa on vibes, and Oscar Pettiford on bass – a very good choice to accompany the other two – and side two features Puma and Pettiford, plus Bill Evans on piano and Paul Motian on drums. Titles include "Mother Of Earl", "Stablemates", "Ubas", and "Blues For Midge". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Quarteto NovoQuarteto Novo ... LP
Odeon (Brazil), 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A landmark album that changed a generation of Brazilian musicians – a sublime instrumental collaboration between Airto, Hermeto Pascoal, and 2 other great musicians of their generation! The sound is quite unique – almost a modern recasting of older rootsy modes – taken into the complicated jazzy territory of Airto and Pascoal's best work of the early 70s, but done in an even more stripped down mode! Airto plays percussion, Pascoal plays flute, Geraldo Vandre handles guitar, and Theo De Barros is also in the group – and there's a groove that's impossible to describe accurately, but which you'll instantly recognize as archetypal! Includes the legendary tracks "Misturada" and "Vim de Santana" – plus "Sintese", "Canta Maria", "Canto Geral", and "O Ovo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Amazon Records reissue pressing – still darn hard to find! Includes insert.)

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✨✧ John HandyJazz – John Handy III ... LP
Roulette, Mid 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the few beautiful early albums cut by John Handy for Roulette – and an obscure session that has him playing alto with a quartet that includes a young Walter Bishop Jr. on piano. Handy here is fresh from his work with Mingus – and his alto is filled with fire and emotion, yet also touched by a great deal of warm soufulness. His work with Bishop on the album hearkens towards later directions in 70s soul jazz – but it's also firmly rooted in a modernist hardbop vein. Titles include "Strugglin", "No Smiles Please", "Blues For MF", and "Afternoon Outing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp & light wear.)

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Side EffectAfter The Rain ... LP
Elektra, 1980. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A great little album by this jazzy soul harmony quartet! The record is their first on Elektra, and has a slightly more modern sound than earlier years – but it retains all the best parts of their Fantasy recordings – and is perhaps even better than them, because it has less tracks in which the group is goofing around, and more in which they're going for a straight soulful sound! Augie Johnson of At-Home Productions produced, so the record still has that Wayne Henderson jazzed-up groove – and the group features female vocals by Miki Howard, plus the usual three male harmony sound – a wonderful blend that's unlike anything else we can think of. Includes their nice version of "Superwoman", plus the tracks "Close To Me", "Georgy Porgy", "Black Beauty", and "I Feel It's Real". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Teddy CharlesWord From Bird ... LP
Atlantic, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A richly complex album from vibist Teddy Charles – easily one of his greatest albums ever, and certainly one with the boldest sound! The groups here are filled with hip players – all working under Charles' direction in a set of tracks that shimmers with dark sounds and moody colors – often as textural as it is jazz-based – with a level of sophistication that goes beyond even Charles key modernist work from the early 50s. Teddy's on vibes, alongside Art Farmer on trumpet, Eddie Bert on trombone, Hal Stein on alto, Don Butterfield on tuba, George Barrow on baritone, Hall Overton on piano, and Jimmy Raney on guitar – and while some tracks feature a tentet, 4 of the album's numbers feature a smaller quartet with Charles Mingus on bass! Titles include the 10 minute composition "Word From Bird" – plus "Blue Greens", "Laura", "Showtime", and "Just One Of Those Things". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)
 
 
 



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