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Russ Freeman/Clare Fischer/Richard TwardzikPacific Jazz Trios – Mosaic Select (Russ Freeman Trio/Trio Russ Freeman - Richard Twardzik/Rare But Well Done/First Time Out/Surging Ahead) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Mosaic, 1950s/Early 60s. Used 3CD ... $69.99
A wealth of piano trio material from the west coast scene of the 50s and early 60s – tracks pulled not only from long-lost albums by pianists Russ Freeman, Richard Twardzik, Jimmy Rowles, and Clare Fischer – but also even more obscure recordings that only appeared on Pacific Jazz collections! The scope of the package is really tremendous – as it begins with some of the first Pacific Jazz trio sides by Russ Freeman and Richard Twardzik – both done during their years with Chet Baker – then runs through Jimmy Rowles' full album Rare But Well (recorded for Liberty in 1954), a variety of shorter trio sessions by Freeman and Rowles, and Clare Fischer's early trio sides – First Time Out (1962) and Surging Ahead (1963). And as always with Mosaic, the whole thing's incredibly well done – put together with tremendous care in both the mastering and notes, so that the whole thing's not just some happy accident in jazz. 51 tracks, 3CDs, and beautiful throughout! CD
(Out of print limited numbered edition of 5000.)

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Chet BakerPacific Jazz Years (4CD set) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1950s. Used 4 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Clifford BrownComplete Blue Note & Pacific Jazz Recordings (4CD box set) ... CD
Blue Note/Pacific Jazz, Early 50s. Used 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great set, filled with excellent notes too! CD
(Out of print, missing slipcover & booklet. Please note that the traycard artwork is included but is heavily water damaged. The discs are in great condition.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersFestival Album – Recorded Live At The Newport & Pacific Jazz Festivals 1966 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
Incredible work from the Jazz Crusaders – a brilliant album of longer tracks that has them working at their soulful, sophisticated best! The record's great proof that the Crusaders had a depth that many rarely gave them credit here – as they're working here in a complicated set of rhythms, tones, colors, and patterns that easily matches some of the best Blue Note mid 60s work by Hank Mobley or Lee Morgan! All tracks are recorded live, and in very long takes that show the combo effortlessly setting up the rhythms – then stepping out with extended solos that are surprisingly exploratory and modern-sounding. Titles include "Trance Dance", "Summer Madness", "Young Rabbits", and "Freedom Sound". Plus, the CD adds in 2 more bonus tracks recorded at Shelly's Manne Hole at the same time – "Half & Half" and "Wilton's Boogaloo"! CD
(Out of print.)
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Curtis Amy & Dupree BoltonKatanga (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Used ... $17.99
A stellar set from one of the most underrated reed players of all time – a brilliant bit of searching soul jazz, cut at a time when Curtis Amy was leaving behind his Texas roots for the new sounds of the Coltrane generation! The album's quite different than the organ and tenor dates that Amy had previously cut with Paul Bryant – and instead, is put together with a nascent spiritualism that's really wonderful – a sound that definitely lives up to the bold title and cover image, with lots of modal moments in the rhythms! The group features some equally under-acknowledge geniuses – including trumpeter Dupree Bolton, pianist Jack Wilson, and guitarist Ray Crawford – all coming together perfectly with Amy's work on tenor and soprano sax. The best tunes here are originals by the group members – including "Lonely Woman" (not by Ornette), "Katanga", "Native Land", and "Amyable". Plus, this CD reissue also includes some great bonus cuts that were not on the original album! CD
(Out of print, promotional sticker on booklet cover & stamp on CD.)

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Chet BakerChet Baker Quartet Featuring Russ Freeman ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Mid 50s. Used ... $4.99
A great no-nonsense session from Chet – blowing here with Russ Freeman on piano, blocking out backgrounds that work perfectly with the fragile tone of Chet's horn. The rest of the group features Carson Smith on bass and Larry Bunker on drums – and titles include "Bea's Flat", "Moon Love", "Happy Little Sunbeam", "No Ties", and "Band Aid". CD

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Chet BakerChet Baker Sextet ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1954/1957. Used ... $11.99
A real lost treasure from Chet Baker – an obscure sextet session, originally issued only as a 10" LP! The record features Chet's trumpet in a frontline with Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone and Bud Shank on baritone sax – working through a set of cool modern arrangements by Jack Montrose, Johnny Mandel, and Bill Holman – in a mellow west coast take on the chamber jazz sound of the 50s. The pairing of horns is great, and makes for some evocative changes and tonal colors – on a set list that includes the tracks "Little Man You've Had A Busy Day", "Dot's Groovy", "The Half Dozens", and "Stella By Starlight". Added to these tracks is a similar session from a few years later – one that's arranged by Bob Zieff and which features Chet in an unusual lineup that includes French horn, bass clarinet, cello, and bassoon! These tracks are really wonderful – very moody and evocative, almost in a late 50s dramatic soundtrack mode. Titles include "Ponder", "A Minor Benign", and "Twenties Late". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Chet Baker Sextet (10 inch LP) ... LP 28.99

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Chet BakerChet Baker Sings ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Used ... $4.99
Looking for classic Chet Baker vocal tracks? This is the stuff! 14 tracks of haunting vocals by a young Chet, sung with small groups from the LA scene, and featuring trumpet solos next to his vocals. Titles include "That Old Feeling", "Look For The Silver Lining", "There Will Be Another You", and "I Get Along Without You Very Well". Every track is great, and these are the original vocal recordings that put Chet on the map! CD

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Chet BakerEmbraceable You ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... $2.99

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Chet BakerLet's Get Lost – Best Of Chet Baker Sings ... CD
Capitol/Pacific Jazz, Mid 50s. Used ... $4.99

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Chet BakerMy Funny Valentine ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Mid 50s. Used ... $0.99

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Dave BrubeckJazz At The College Of The Pacific ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1953. Used ... $6.99
Classic early live material from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – already humming along nicely with some great alto sax from Paul Desmond! The group's in fine form here – a bit more relaxed and open than on their Columbia recordings – with plenty of creative piano lines from Dave, showing just a slight dose of modernism, and lots more of that cool, icy alto sax work that made Desmond a standout right from the start. Rhythm is by Ron Crotty on bass and Joe Dodge on drums – and titles include "Laura", "Lullaby In Rhythm", "For All We Know", "All The Things You Are", and "I'll Never Smile Again". CD
Also available Jazz At The College Of The Pacific (10 inch LP) ... LP 4.99

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Dave BrubeckJazz At The College Of The Pacific Vol 2 ... CD
Fantasy/OJC, 1953. Used ... $5.99

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Hoagy CarmichaelHoagy On My Mind – Hoagy Carmichael & Friends Sing Hoagy Carmichael & Friends ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1940s. Used ... $1.99

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Clare FischerExtension (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/International Phonograph, 1963. New Copy Gatefold ... $18.99 22.98
An early moment of genius from the young Clare Fischer – one of his first sets for a larger ensemble, and the start of years of great work to come! Previous Pacific Jazz sessions featured Fischer in a piano trio – but this album lets Clare loose on a host of his own inventive arrangements – a set of charts and compositions that easily move between the modern and the groovy – sometimes using offbeat tones and sounds that rival the best that Ellington or Gil Evans had to offer – other times coming across with this fluidity that's a perfect summation of the way that Fischer pulled together all of the California cool of the 50s, and managed to come up with something completely fresh for the 60s! The modern edges will come as a real surprise to those who only know Fischer's more easygoing work – and in addition to Clare's own work on piano and organ, the record also features Jerry Coker on tenor, Gary Foster on tenor and clarinet, Jack Nimitz on bass clarinet and baritone, Sam Most and John Lowe on flutes, and Don Shelton on alto – all working with reed interplay that's completely sublime. Titles include "Bittersweet", "Igor", "Canto Africano", "Extension", "Passacaglia", and "Ornithardy". CD

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Gil Fuller with Dizzy GillespieGil Fuller & The Monterey Jazz Festival Orchestra featuring Dizzy Gillespie ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note, 1965. Used ... $3.99
One of Dizzy Gillespie's hippest big band sessions ever – and one of the few dates as a leader from arranger Gil Fuller! Fuller will always be best-remembered as the man who composed some of Dizzy Gillespie's best known tunes from the bop era – like "Manteca", "One Bass Hit", and "Things To Come" – but on this album from 1965, he's reunited with Dizzy for a large group set of tracks that feature Diz as the main soloist – at a level that really shows the growth of both men at the time! Fuller's charts are large and full, but with a sense of space that's really amazing – almost like some of the soundtrack work Dizzy had done for The Cool World – with a mix of soulful and modern moments that's really wonderful. The group's kind of a mix of hip LA players – with Phil Moore Jr on piano, Dennis Budimir on guitar, and Jimmy Bond on bass – plus a larger set of horn players backing Dizzy up. Titles include a number of great originals – such as "Be's That Way", "Big Sur", "Things Are Here", "Man From Monterey", and "Angel City". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jazz CrusadersJazz Crusaders Live At The Lighthouse '68 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/EMI, 1967. Used ... $9.99
One of the Jazz Crusaders many fantastic live sets from The Lighthouse – just about all of which are excellent, but '68 is a real standout! Perhaps the single feature that pushes this set above and beyond the others, is the beautiful longer tracks – ones have a spiritual soulful vibe that you don't always get from the group, particularly in comparatively dry studio settings. Those standout tracks include "Native Dancer" and "The Emperor", and they sit nicely next to straighter soul jazz tracks like the group's reading of "Eleanor Rigby" and "Ooga-Boo-Ga-Loo". This CD features four previously bonus tracks – including "Cathy The Cooker", "Shadows", "Tough Talk" and Third Principle". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bradley LeightonGroove Yard ... CD
Pacific Coast Jazz, 2003. Used ... $1.99

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Les McCannLes McCann Ltd In San Francisco (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1960. Used ... $13.99
Early work from Les – recording at the Jazz Workshop in SF, with his famous trio that included Herbie Lewis on bass and Ron Jefferson on drums. The album's pretty standard fare – short soul jazz piano numbers, with more than a bit of church in the grooves. Titles include "Come On & Get That Church", "We'll See Yaw'll After While, Ya Heah", "I Am In Love", "Big Jim", and "Oh Them Golden Gates". CD

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Red MitchellRejoice! (LP sleeve reissue) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/LP Time (Spain), 1961. Used ... $21.99
Brilliant work from one of the most important forces on the LA scene of the 50s – and one of the few early albums Red Mitchell cut under his own name! The album's a live set that has Red playing jazz cello – mostly plucking the instrument like a bass, with the great Jimmy Bond handling the real bass work on the set in the rhythm section! Given Bond's usual ability to make a session groove, the sound here is plenty darn nice throughout – a romping, vamping sort of style that's got a much deeper feel than you might expect from an album of jazz cello. The rest of the group includes Frank Strazzeri on piano, Frank Butler on drums, and Jim Hall on guitar – the last of whom matches notes nicely with Mitchell, almost in a grittier take on west coast jazz counterpoint. Titles include "Jim's Blues", "Rejoice", "Black Eyed Peas", and "Night In Tunisia". CD
(Out of print. Includes Spanish obi.)

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✨✧ Wes Montgomery/Jon Hendricks/MastersoundsGood Git-Together (plus Kismet – A Jazz Interpretation By The Mastersounds) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Lonehill (Spain), 1958/1959. Used ... $8.99
An obscure set of tracks – but some really wonderful material from the catalog of Pacific Jazz Records! The CD's title clearly showcases the presence of Wes Montgomery on the sides – but Wes was actually more of a sideman on these tracks, and the real credit for the greatness goes to the leaders! The first 10 tracks on the CD are from the album Good Git Together by Jon Hendricks – a rare early non-LHR session by the jazz vocalist – one cut in a very different style than his more famous group vocalese work. Hendricks is laidback, open, and very soulful – working with Wes, Buddy, and Monk Montgomery – as well as Cannonball and Nat Adderley, Pony Poindexter, and Gildo Mahones – all coming together in a "git together" session that features some of Hendricks' best vocals on record! The session features great readings of Hendricks originals that include "Minor Catastrophe", "I'll Die Happy", and "I'm Gonna Shout" – as well as Gigi Gryce's "Music In The Air" and "Social Call", plus a great take on Randy Weston's "Pretty Strange" and Gildo Mahones' "The Shouter". Next up on the set are 8 more tracks from a jazz version of Kismet – recorded by The Mastersounds group which featured Buddy Montgomery on vibes and Monk Montgomery on bass – joined here by Wes on guitar! The source of the tunes is a musical, but the presentation is all jazz – and the group craft some real magic in their exotic style, with tracks that include "Fate", "Olive Tree", "Not Since Nineveh", and "Gesticulate & Rhymes Have I". CD

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Buddy RichKeep The Customer Satisfied (Jazz Heritage pressing with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Jazz Heritage, 1970. Used ... $2.99
Buddy certainly knew how to keep the customer satisfied – as you'll hear on this hip set of big band grooves, recorded by Buddy for Liberty Records in 1970. The set's got Buddy working with a tight group of younger players, in a mode that's not exactly funky, but which owes a lot to the funking up of the big band scene that was going on during the late 60s. There's electric bass underneath most of the cuts, and bubbly organ emerges from the horns on a good number of titles. Tracks include "Groovin Hard", "The Juicer Is Wild", "Long Day's Journey", "Celebration", "He Quit Me", and more. CD also includes bonus tracks "Body & Soul", "Happy Time", "Nitty Gritty", "Straight & Narrow", "Cornerstone", and an alternate take of "Groovin' Hard". CD

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Buddy RichMercy Mercy – Live At Caesars Palace ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Late 60s. Used ... $5.99
Buddy at his soulful late 60s best – not content to keep in the same groove as older years, and working here with a great lineup that includes some excellent younger players! Charles Owens is in the group on alto, and the set also features work by Don Menza on tenor, Art Pepper on alto, Pat Labarbera on tenor, and Walter Namuth on guitar. Tracks are long, include some good originals, and have a rollicking sound that never lets up – and which avoids cliche a lot more than you'd think! Titles include "Ode To Billie Joe", "Acid Truth", "Goodbye Yesterday", "Preach & Teach", "Channel 1 Suite", and "Big Mama Cass". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ Richard Groove Holmes & Gene AmmonsGroovin' With Jug ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Capitol, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Groove and Jug wail away in this classic set of tenor/organ tracks recorded for Pacific Jazz in the early 60s. The backing is spare, with only Gene Edwards on guitar and Leroy Henderson on drums, and tracks include "Morris The Minor", "Good Vibrations", "Hey You, What's That?", and "Groovin' With Jug". CD
(Out of print.)
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Chico HamiltonTransfusion ... CD
Studio West, 1962. New Copy ... $7.99 11.99
Killer work from Chico Hamilton – and a key batch of sides recorded between his 50s quintet sessions for Pacific Jazz and his later modal magic at Impulse! The work here was originally done for the Navy Swings series of radio shows – and features a Chico with the group that included Charles Lloyd on flute, tenor, and alto sax, Gabor Szabo on guitar, George Bohannon on trombone, and Albert Stinson on bass. The lack of piano and presence of trombone makes for a really unique feel to the group – one that's almost got extra bass at moments, thanks to the work of Bohannon – and which allows for some especially creative flourishes from Lloyd on sax – clearly opening up here, even at an early date. Tracks are short, but extremely creative throughout – and the 16 track set is filled with great originals by Lloyd that include "Vulture", "A Rose For Booker", "Transfusion", "Tales", "CL Blues", "One For Joan", "Homeward", and "Sun Yen Sen". CD

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan & His Quartet Live At The Olympia Theatre 1962 ... CD
RTE (France), 1962. Used ... $5.99
A great complement to the Gerry Mulligan/Bob Brookmeyer albums of the 50s for Pacific Jazz – one that features the group performing live in Paris, with a very open-blowing sound! The tracks are long, and the setting fluid – as Gerry plays baritone on most tracks, but piano on a few; and Bob Brookmeyer does the same, taking a break from valve trombone to play piano for one track as well. Rhythm is by the team of Bill Crow on bass and Gus Johnson on drums – and titles include "Spring Is Sprung", "Five Brothers", "Subterranean Blues", "Blue Port", and "Utter Chaos". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ronnie Ross & Allan Ganley/Joe CastroJazz Makers/Groove Funk Soul ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1960. Used ... $5.99
Two obscure ones – but both very nicely packaged together! The Jazz Makers features work by the baritone/tenor team of Ronnie Ross and Allen Ganley – two British players with a good groove, and that kind of tight ensemble swing that you'd find in the best Brit bop groups of the 50s. Tracks on that album are short, but have some good breakaway solos and catchy riffs on the choruses. Tracks are mostly originals, and titles include "The Country Squire", "The Moonbather", "The Real Funky Blues", and "Pitiful Pearl". Groove Funk Soul is an obscure west coast soul jazz session from the end of the 50s, with a tight quartet that features Castro on piano, Teddy Edwards on tenor, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums. The record's more like a soul jazz side for Pacific Jazz, than a typical Atlantic session from this time – and it's got some tasty mellow groovers, like "Groove Funk Soul", "That's All", "Yesterdays", and "Play Me The Blues". CD

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SeawindLight The Light/Seawind ... CD
A&M/ (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $14.99
A pair of A&M classics from the mighty Seawind! First up is Light The Light – a great step forward for Seawind – as the combo's working here in a style that's a bit leaner than before, but still every bit as warm and jazzy – a perfect foil for the soulful vocals of singer Pauline Wilson! The tunes have this wonderfully breezy feel that really befits the group's name – fused of funk, soul, and jazz at the core – but carried off in some Pacific winds that take the music to a fresh new place altogether. The album's one of the best-remembered from this excellent 70s group – and titles include "Sound Rainbow", "Follow Your Wind", "Hold Onto Love", "Free", "Imagine", and "Enchanted Dance". Next is the self-titled Seawind album from 1980 – a sweet bit of fusion-tinged soul – produced with a sunny Hawaiian groove by George Duke, and featuring some of the tightest tunes from Seawind to date! Pauline Wilson sings lead vocals on the album – in a cool breezy mode that fits well with the compressed instrumentation of the album – and the overall groove is polished, but still with the same soulful depth as the group's other work! The album's got a great balance of styles, and tracks include "Pra Vose", "Still In Love", "What Cha Doin", "The Two Of Us", and "Love Him, Love Her". CD

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ShantiShanti ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... $11.99
A pretty hip blend of Indian music and more conventional rock instrumentation – and a surprisingly overlooked record for the time! These guys are less in the funky sitar mode than artists like Ananda Shankar, but do use tabla and sarod in really great ways – to augment long-spun rock tracks that have more conventional lyrics, but which often step aside to allow plenty of space for the instruments to take over! Rhythms are very fresh – especially with the use of tabla and other Indian percussion – and the set was put together by the old Pacific Jazz head Richard Bock, with a style that's kind of a 70s evolution of some of his 60s projects on World Pacific. Titles include "Innocence", "We Want To Be Free", "Good Inside", "Shanti", "Lord I'm Comin Round", and "Out Of Nowhere". CD

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✨✧ Dupree BoltonFireball ... CD
Uptown, 1962/1963/1980. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An overlooked trumpeter finally gets his due – in this amazingly rich set dedicated to the work of the great Dupree Bolton! Bolton's best known for his early 60s hardbop sides with Harold Land and Curtis Amy – but this may well be the first album to be issued entirely under his own name, and is definitely the first to feature such a wealth of music and historical notes on Dupree's life and career! The package is tremendous – filled with copious notes and vintage photos, and featuring music from three different slices in time – all equally compelling. First up is material from a 1962 TV show, Frankly Jazz – featuring Bolton on trumpet, Curtis Amy on tenor, Ray Crawford on guitar, and Dolo Coker on piano – playing beautifully together with a very soulful sound, on titles that include "Summertime", "Katanga", "Blues For Amy", and "Laura". Next are 2 tracks from a lost Pacific Jazz session – featuring Bolton's trumpet with the angular alto of Earl Anderza, plus Hadley Caliman on tenor and Roosevelt Wardell on piano – on the titles "Midnite Lament" and "Joe & I". Last up is some of the most interesting material on the whole CD – a performance by the Oklahoma Prison Band in 1980, featuring Bolton on trumpet, with a hip group that includes Fender Rhodes, Latin percussion, tenor, alto, flute, and guitar! These titles have a slightly more modern soul jazz feel, but definitely live up to Bolton's legacy – and titles include "Shackle Blues", "Chano", "Monk's Tunnel", and "John's Tune". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Chico HamiltonChico Hamilton With Paul Horn ... CD
Crown/Boplicity (UK), 1963. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Unusual material from Chico Hamilton – recorded around the same time as his groundbreaking work for Pacific Jazz – but for the smaller Crown/Modern label in LA! The format's a bit unusual, and changes a bit throughout the record – showing Chico's already-strong ear for creative formats that go way beyond conventional jazz. There are 2 numbers at the end of side 2 featuring Chico in the familiar chamber jazz lineup, with Fred Katz on cello and Paul Horn on reeds – "Crazy Cats" and "Lord Randall". The rest of the tracks feature the stringed instruments handling most of the melody, in a free floating style that's got the same "modern yet swinging" approach of some of Jimmy Giuffre's best late 50s recordings, which ultimately places it in a similar context to the chamber jazz numbers. Titles include "Porch Light", "Autumn Landscape", "Uyawda", "Lolly Pop", "Pluck It", "Katz Up", "Crazy Cats", and "Lord Randall". CD

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✨✧ Charlie Mariano & Jerry DodgionVamp's Blues (aka Beauties Of 1918) (plus bonus track) ... CD
World Pacific/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A wonderfully modern little record from the team of Charlie Mariano and Jerry Dodgion – a set that was originally issued with an old-timey bathing beauty cover image that obscured its fresh-voiced 50s appeal! Mariano and Dodgion work here to open up some older chestnuts from many years back – recasting familiar tunes as surprisingly great vehicles for jazz improvisation, in a way that really allows plenty of space for Charlie's own great work on alto, and which makes the album one of the best early Mariano sessions ever! The group's a sextet, with Charlie on alto and recorder, Dodgion on alto and flute, Victor Feldman on vibes, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – and tunes include "Over There", "After You've Gone", "Deep River", "Till We Meet Again", and "Hello Central Give Me No Man's Land". CD

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✨✧ Gerry MulliganMainstream Of Jazz (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
EmArcy (Japan), Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Gerry Mulligan's still far from the mainstream of jazz on this sweet little set – a great date that expands nicely from the mellower styles of the Pacific Jazz years – expanding the group a bit, with some really great results! In addition to Mulligan's usual baritone sax, Gerry also plays a bit of piano on one track – reconciling himself with the instrument, and using it in surprisingly soulful ways. Other players include Zoot Sims on tenor, Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, either Don Ferrara or Jon Eardley on trumpet, and Dave Bailey on drums. Tracks are long and nicely open – a bit less tightly arranged than some of Mulligan's work on Pacific Jazz – and titles include "Lollypop", "Igloo", "Blue At The Roots", "Elevation", and "Mainstream". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Bud Shank & Bob CooperEuropean Tour 1957 – Featuring Joe Zawinul ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
An unbelievable meeting of modern jazz talents from both sides of the Atlantic – heard here in sessions from a European tour of the late 50s! The first half of the CD features the team of Bud Shank and Bob Cooper – already well-known from Pacific Jazz recordings together – joining forces with a young Joe Zawinul on piano and the legendary Albert Mangelsdorff on trombone – fitting in very nicely alongside the LA players, almost in a role that would be filled by Bob Brookmeyer back home! The set features 3 great original tunes – "Vielaf", "Madame Butterfly", and "For Bud" – both filled with angular modern changes and some great reed work from Shank – plus a version of "Night In Tunisia" and a medley of standards. The second half of the CD is almost more intriguing – as it features Shank joining the Hans Koller Combo – a lineup that includes Koller on tenor, Mangelsdorff on trombone, Roland Kovac on piano, and Atilla Zoller on guitar. Koller and Mangelsdorff drop out for 3 of the 5 tracks – leaving even more space for Shank – and titles include "Indian Summer", "I'll Remember April", "Booop Boop Be Doop", and "Yardbird Suite". CD

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✨✧ Piero UmilianiSmog – Musiche Dalla Colonna Sonora Originale ... CD
RCA/Rearward (Italy), Early 60s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
An early jazzy soundtrack from the great Piero Umiliani – made even better by some key work from Chet Baker on trumpet and Helen Merrill on vocals! The set was done at a time when both artists were spending some time in Italy – shaping the scene with their presence, and really standing out on a handful of rare recordings like this one – quite different than their American material of a few years before! Baker is especially striking – with lead solos that have a great sense of compression, and a depth of soul that really move beyond the Pacific Jazz recordings. And Merrill is wonderful, too – with that special flavor she only ever seemed to open up when she went overseas – and got to move into more unusual settings. But the real star is Umiliani throughout – balancing modern impulses with late night jazz in a way that really points the way towards his later scores in the 60s – but which is already nearly perfect here! Titles include "Smog" (done in instrumental and vocal versions by Baker and Merrill), plus "Dawn", "Tensione", "Tops", "California In The Summer", "Hollywood Tonight", "Bowling", and "Twilight At Los Angeles". CD

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✨✧ VariousBeginner's Guide To Latin Jazz (3CD Box Set) ... CD
Nascente (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Not so much an introduction to Latin jazz, as it a wonderful collection of Latin-tinged tunes from the mighty catalog of Blue Note Records – and not just New York and Cuban Latin grooves, but also a fair bit of bossa nova and Brazilian sounds too! The 3CD package is overflowing with goodness – and titles include a range of killer Blue Note gems from the 60s – plus related cuts from labels like Capitol, Liberty, and World Pacific. The groove changes nicely throughout the set, and the instrumentation is superb – as you'll hear on cuts that include "Sandalia Dela" by Duke Pearson, "Chitlins Con Carne" by Kenny Burrell, "Loie" by Ike Quebec, "Samba De Orfeu" by Charlie Rouse, "Bossa For Baby" by Hank Mobley, "South Of The Border" by Lou Donaldson, "Rhapsodia Del Maravilloso" by Sabu Martinez, "Minors Holiday" by Kenny Dorham, "Congalere" by Horace Parlan, "Ghana" by Donald Byrd, "Latin Fever" by Jack Costanzo, "No Problem" by Jerome Richardson, "Girl From Ipanema" by Lou Rawls, "Rojo" by Bobby Hutcherson, and "Thousand Finger Man" by Candido. 38 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ VariousNo Seattle – Forgotten Sounds Of The Northwest Grunge Era 1986 to 1997 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 80s/1990s. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
That's not a baby floating in the water on the cover, and the set's not a batch of familiar Nirvana or Sub Pop sounds – but instead a very well-done collection that gets at the much deeper scene in the Pacific Northwest during the late 80s and early 90s! Make no mistake, there's still plenty of fuzzy guitars and balls-out action on most of these tracks – but the overall execution is less standard, more unusual, and has a gritty, garagey intensity that so many of the bigger Seattle acts lost right away. And even though we lived through that time (and yes, bought our share of the records, too), there's still plenty here we'd never heard before – which is really saying a lot to the archive-digging crew at Soul Jazz! Titles include "This Town" by Starfish, "Windyy" by Nubbin, "Jail Ain't Stoppin Us" by Saucer, "Same 18" by Hitting Birth, "Beverly" by Medelicious, "Blind Man's Holiday" by Machine, "Woodstock Unvisited" by Crunchbird, "123" by Pod, "Take Me For A Ride" by Yellow Snow, "The System" by Attica, "Run Around" by Starfish, "Wench" by Bundle Of Hiss, "Fields" by Chemistry Set, "Bleed" by Thrillhammer, "AM FM" by Shug, "It's Getting Late" by Small Stars, "It Smiles" by Soylent Green, and "Debbie Had A Dream" by Treehouse. CD
Also available No Seattle – Forgotten Sounds Of The Northwest Grunge Era 1986 to 1997 – Part 2 (with download) ... LP 21.99

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✨✧ VariousWheedle's Groove – Seattle's Finest In Funk & Soul 1965-75 ... CD
Light In The Attic, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Funk from Seattle? Hardly seems likely – but prepare to be amazed! The funky reissuers at Light In The Attic, in collaboration with Mr Supreme, have unearthed a treasure trove of rare singles and groovers for the set – all obscure local recordings from the Emerald City scene, most of which never made it past the Pacific Northwest to the national charts. Back in the day, Seattle was a real cross-cultural hotbed – filled with folks who'd picked up and moved out from points east, settling in the Central District, working for Boeing, and reveling in the freedom of the new city to find their own groove. This set does a great job of documenting the flowering of eastern-styled funk in Seattle's growing scene of the late 60s – and features a range of tracks that run from deep funk to hard soul, sock-boogaloo, and even a bit of hard-handed piano jazz! The package features a great set of notes on the music, and a long set list that includes "Louie Louie" by The Topics, "Brighter Tomorrow" by Soul Swingers, "This Is Me" by Cookin Bag, "Bold Soul Sister Bold Soul Brother" by Black On White Affair, "Cissy Strut" by Johnny Lewis Trio, "Stop Losing Your Chances" by Cold Bold & Together, "I Just Want To Be" by Robbie Hill, "Wheedle's Groove" by Annakonda, "Hey Jude" by Overton Berry Trio, and "A Little Love Affair" by Patrinell Staten. CD
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