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Jazz CrusadersPacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (6CD set) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Mosaic, 1960s. Used 6CDs ... $119.99
An amazing start for this seminal group – material that appeared on the albums Freedom Sound, Lookin Ahead, Tough Talk, Heat Wave, Stretchin Out, The Thing, Uh Huh, Powerhouse, and Give Peace A Chance – plus some unissued tracks too! CD
(Out of print – and in great shape!)
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Chet BakerBest of Chet Baker Plays ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Early 50s. Used ... $1.99
Nice 14 track compilation that brings together a lot of the best instrumental tracks from Chet's early years – and a good counterpoint to the Chet Baker Sings collection, which has also been issued recently. Chet's trumpet style here is light, lovely, and lyrical – with a sad haunting quality that's similar to his vocal work. Titles inlcude "Minor Yours", "Sweet Lorraine", "To Mickey's Memory", and "All The Things You Are". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Chet BakerChet Baker Ensemble ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Used ... $8.99
Cool moody work from Chet Baker – a very unusual set that has him blowing with a larger group than usual! The set's real star is Jack Montrose – the great west coast arranger who had a perfect talent for taking horns and locking them up tight to create a sound full of gloss and surprise! Montrose plays tenor sax on the set – in a three sax section that also features Herb Geller and Bob Gordon – and the rest of the group includes Russ Freeman on piano, Shelly Manne on drums, and Joe Mondragon on bass. Chet's work is great too – but the real appeal of the set is the Montrose-styled groove – very nice all the way through! Tracks include "Ergo", "A Dandy Line", "Pro Defunctus", "Goodbye", "Headline", and "Little Old Lady". CD features 5 bonus alternate takes! CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerPicture Of Heath ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $4.99
That's "Heath", not "health" – as you might think the title's misspelled – as in Jimmy Heath, who arranged most of the numbers on the set! Heath's contribution is a good one too – as it helps Baker create one of his most tightly-wrapped albums of the time, a well-blown session recorded here with a group that includes Art Pepper on alto, Phil Urso on tenor, Carl Perkins on piano, and Lawrence Marable on drums. The presence of Urso is especially appreciated – as his sharper, deeper tone really brings a wider sound to the album than some of Chet's other dates of the time – especially when combined with the excellent sound of Pepper! Titles include "CTA", "For Minors Only", "For Miles & Miles", and "Resonant Emotions". CD
(Out of print. SBM pressing.)

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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersRitual ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... $18.99
A hard-swinging cooker from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – recorded during the landmark year of 1957 – when Blakey's group was open to recording for a number of different labels, in a number of different settings! The set was originally done for the west coast stalwart Pacific Jazz, but it's got a sound that's much more in the hardbop mode of the New York scene – all the fire and intensity that Blakey first cooked up for Blue Note, cast out with a slight sense of openness here in the less iconic setting. Players include Jackie McLean on alto, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Sam Dockery on piano – and the album's right up there with Vik/RCA, Savoy, and Chess material they cut at the time. Tracks include "Touche", "Sam's Tune", "Once Upon A Groove", and "Wake Up". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bob Brookmeyer QuintetTraditionalism Revisited ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... $6.99
Beautifully modernist material from the great Brookmeyer – performing here with a well-suited group that features Jimmy Giuffre and Jim Hall, plus the great Dave Bailey on drums. The album features older tracks done in a surprisingly fresh style, and the trio of lead players dance around each other in a wonderful way. Titles include "Truckin", "Some Sweet Day", "Jada", and "Louisiana". CD
(Out of print.)

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Joao DonatoSambou Sambou (aka Muito A Vontade) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Universal (Japan), Mid 60s. New Copy ... $13.99
A landmark bit of bossa – one of the first albums ever recorded by Joao Donato, the Brazilian pianist whose styles would go onto influence many in the coming years – and the US issue of the the 1962 Polygram album Muito A Vontade! Joao's got an incredibly fluid touch on the keys – gentle but jazzy, filled with lots of warm and soulful overtones that were sometimes missing from other, cooler bossa piano players. And on top of all of that, he's got a real flair for composition – and pens some wonderful tunes for the session, like the classics "Sambou Sambou", "Tema Teimoso", "Jodel", and "Vamos Nessa". Killer stuff all around, and with the great Milton Banana on drums, Sebastian Neto on bass and Amaury Rodrigues on percussion. Great early work from Donato – and the US issue of the 1962 album Muito A Vontade. CD

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Booker ErvinBooker 'N Brass ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1967. Used ... $18.99
Although the "with brass" tag of this one might make you think it's a hokey big band album, the record is actually a far-reaching modernist session that has Book's edgey tenor fronting a large-ish group filled with some of the best trumpet and trombone players of his generation – including Freddie Hubbard, Charles Tolliver, Richard Williams, and Johnny Coles. The rhythm section is pretty darn great too – and includes Lenny McBrownie, Reggie Johnson, and Kenny Barron. The presence of all of these soul jazz modernists keeps the set from falling into any of the cliches you might expect, and the album's an extremely fresh batch of tracks that is one of the last albums Booker ever recorded. Titles include "LA After Dark", "Salt Lake City", and "Baltimore After Dark". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gil EvansNew Bottle Old Wine ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $6.99
A masterpiece through and through from arranger Gil Evans – a record of swinging modern backdrops, used to showcase both the solo talents of a young Cannonball Adderley, and the dynamic energy of Evans himself! Cannon's sharp-edged early tone is a really great sound for the record – far more modern than you might expect from later funk and soul sides of the 60s – and perfectly poised next to Gil's larger back drops to reignite a host of older tunes with new energy! And while the titles are familiar, the readings certainly are not – as the Evans pen has really changed things up beautifully – as you'll hear on numbers that include "St Louis Blues", "King Porter Stomp", "Willow Tree", "Struttin' With Some Barbeque", "Lester Leaps In", "Round About Midnight", "Manteca", and "Bird Feathers". CD
(Out of print.)

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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
(Small cutout notch through spine.)

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Chico Hamilton with Eric DolphyOriginal Ellington Suite ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1958. Used ... $6.99
Forget the Ellington in the title, because this is more a moody album of west coast chamber jazz, in the best tradition of the Chico Hamilton group! Chico was one of the first folks in the jazz business to notice the genius of a young Eric Dolphy, and the record was cut in 1958, when Dolphy was still working with Hamilton, and bringing a lot of imagination to Hamilton's groundbreaking quintet format, which had begun to lose some of its luster by the late 50s. Dolphy plays alto, flute, and clarinet on the session, adding in beautiful touches of color that work perfectly with the set of Ellington compositions – and the CD presents the full recording of the album, which has only ever appeared in edited fragments. Titles include "Azure", "In A Mellotone", "Day Dream", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", and "I'm Just A Lucky So & So". CD
(Out of print.)

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Richard Groove HolmesGroove ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Capitol, 1961. Used ... $4.99
An early cooker from Richard Groove Holmes – and one of the most important Hammond jazz sets to come out of the west coast at the time! At a point when most folks think the east has a lock on the instrument, Groove bursts forth here with a great hard-edged sound – proof that the LA scene didn't just go for cool jazz and the occasional hardbop date – and the start of a great run of records that would have Holmes sounding great all through the 60s! The lineup is nicely unusual, too – with guitar from Chicagoan George Freeman, then on the west coast – and a key part of Holmes' group for years – and trombone from the excellent Lawrence Tricky Lofton, a player who rarely recorded, but made some great sides with Carmell Jones. The group also features Les McCann on piano, a nice combo with the organ – plus Ben Webster on tenor and Ron Jefferson on drums. Titles include "Good Groove", "That Healin' Feelin'", "Them That's Got", and "Deep Purple". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lee Konitz & Gerry MulliganKonitz Meets Mulligan ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1953/1960s. Used ... $2.99
These tracks were originally recorded at The Haig in Los Angeles in 1953 and reissued here as part of Liberty's Jazz Milestones Series. Konitz plays alto, Mulligan is on baritone, Chet Baker plays trumpet, Larry Bunker is on drums and Carson Smith and Joe Mondragon play bass. Tracks include "Broadway", "Sextet", "Almost Like Being In Love", "Too Marvelous For Words", "Lover Man","I'll Remember April", and "All The Things You Are". CD

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Gerry MulliganCalifornia Concerts Vol 1 ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Used ... $4.99
Volume one of a classic live album by Gerry – expanded here to include the entire 10 tracks from a November 1954 concert recorded in Stockton, CA. The group includes Chico Hamilton, Red Mitchell, and Jon Eardley – and Gerry even plays a bit on the piano, despite its absence from his other work. This version is expanded a lot from the original album, with titles that include "Soft Shoe", "Ontet", "A Bark For Barksdale", "Blues For Tiny", "Little Girl Blue", "Blues Going Up", and "Darn That Dream". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available California Concerts ... LP 5.99

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Gerry MulliganCalifornia Concerts Vol 2 ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Used ... $4.99
Volume 2 of a classic live album by Gerry – expanded to include the entire concert recorded in December of 1954 in San Diego. The group's a great one – and features Zoot Sims, Bob Brookmeyer, Larry Bunker, Red Mitchell, and Eardley – and this version is expanded a lot from the original album, with 14 titles that include "Nights At The Turntable", "Blues For Tiny", "Frenesi", "Limelight", "The Red Door", "Western Reunion", and "I Know Don't Know Why". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan – The Original Quartet With Chet Baker ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Early 50s. Used 2CD ... $12.99
A massive 2CD set that collects together 42 early recordings by the legendary Gerry Mulligan Quartet with Chet Baker – the complete work of that group for Pacific Jazz, apart from their pairing with Lee Konitz! The set is really overflowing with work, and includes both 10" and 12" LP takes of some tunes, plus a few other alternates, and all of the original material that was spread out over a number of hard-to-track down 10" LPs. Both Mulligan and Baker recorded together a number of times after this, in a "reunion" style that hearkened back to the fame of these sides – but the originals are still the best, and feature a magical pairing of two gentle jazz talents in a setting that's mostly piano-less – but which also features some occasional work from Jimmy Rowles, plus a bit of ivory from Gerry as well. Titles include "She Didn't Say Yes She Didn't Say No", "Bernie's Tune", "Soft Shoe", "Walkin Shoes", "Motel", "Cherry", "Love Me Or Leave Me", "Swinghouse", "Five Brothers", "Tea For Two", and "Funhouse". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Quartet – At Storyville (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... $9.99
Gerry Mulligan brings the piano back in nicely here – but in a way that still hangs onto all the best modern tones of his earlier Pacific Jazz sessions! The date's a live one – done at Storyville in Boston – but the sound is wonderfully intimate, with Gerry on baritone sax and piano, Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, Bill Crow on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums. The Crow/Bailey rhythm section is superb – nicely swinging throughout – and Gerry's work on piano has that airy, moody quality that would show up even more strongly in the 60s. Titles include "Bweebida Bwobbida", "Open Country", "Rustic Hop", "Bike Up The Strand", and "Storyville Story". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Gerry Mulligan Quartet Recorded In Boston At Storyville ... LP 9.99

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Art PepperArtistry Of Pepper ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... $6.99
Classic Art Pepper material, recorded in one of his comeback periods, and featuring the famous Richard Claxton photo of Art Holding his horn next to a tree. There's several different lineups featured, with a coupl of quintet and quartet sides, and a few with larger horn section, and the sidemen are the cream of the West coast jazz crop, including Bud Shank, Chet Baker, Curtis Counce, Leroy Vinnegar, Mel Lewis, Stan Levey and Lawrence Marable. 9 numbers in all, with rousing takes on standards like "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "A Foggy Day" and Pepper originals "Diane A Flow", "Zenobia", and "Powder Puff". CD
(Out of print.)

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Bud Shank & Bob CooperBlowin Country (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956/1958. Used ... $9.99
A beautiful pairing of players – one that makes for a wonderful album! Shank's at the height of his early powers here – working in a fluid west coast mode that less in keeping with the "blowin" of the title, than the magic he was known for crafting on his other sides from the time. Bud plays alto, tenor, and flute on the session – and he's paired with Bob Cooper, whose round tones on tenor and bass clarinet are a nice match for Shank's slightly edgier sound. Claude Williamson is on piano, Don Prell plays bass, and Chuck Flores is on drums – and titles include "Two Lost Souls", "Dinah", "Mutual Admiration Society", "Love Nest", "Just In Time", and "Blowin Country". CD also features a huge amount of bonus tracks, from a similar session with Howard Roberts on guitar! CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Cy TouffCy Touff – His Octet & Quintet ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1955. Used ... $1.99
A seminal bit of west coast cool jazz from the mid 50s – a session led by Cy Touff, a lesser-remembered player from the LA scene, and an instrumentalist who used a bass trumpet! Cy's working here in the company of a host of more familiar names – including Richie Kamuca, Russ Freeman, Johnny Mandel, Leroy Vinnegar, and Pete Jolly – on a set of tightly arranged tunes that have a swinging ensemble feel that reminds us a bit of Bob Cooper's work from the time. The CD features the 8 original tracks from the album, plus 2 bonus cuts – and titles include "It's Sand Man", "Primitive Cats", "A Smooth One", "TNT", "Groover Wailin", and "Prez-ence". CD
(Note: CD is missing back artwork in case – and is priced accordingly. Out of print.)
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Chet BakerChet Baker & Strings ... CD
Columbia, Mid 50s. Used ... $2.99
Chet's only session for Columbia, arranged in conjunction with the Pacific Jazz label – which seems strange for some reason, because Baker hardly needed to move to a big label, given his success on the LA indie scene. Still, Richard Bock and the Pacific Jazz crew are firmly in place here – and despite the presence of added strings, players like Zoot Sims, Russ Freeman, and Bud Shank keep a nice west coast groove that fits well with Baker's breathy trumpet. Titles include "Love", "The Wind", "A Little Duet", and "Trickleydidlier". CD

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Buddy Collette & Chico HamiltonTanganyika ... CD
Dig/VSOP, 1956. Used ... $6.99
A real lost slice of work from the career of Chico Hamilton – recorded for the short-lived Dig label, owned by R&B artist Johnny Otis in the mid 50s! The group here is slightly different than Hamilton's quintet that recorded for Pacific Jazz – in that it's got a sound that's a bit less arranged, and which often opens up into some more freewheeling jazz styles at times. Buddy Collette and Jim Hall are on the session from Chico's regular group – and Buddy's really the co-leader of the set, and contributed some fantastic original tunes that are perfect for his colorful work on reeds. And the group's also got Curtis Counce on bass and Gerald Wiggins on piano – bringing a decidedly heavier groove to the record than on most 50s Hamilton work – one that's topped off by the trumpet of John Anderson, often muted but still powerful enough to make its presence known on the set. Titles include the Collette originals "It's You", "Green Dream", "Jungle Pogo Stick", "Tanganyika", and "A Walk On The Veldt" – plus other session originals "And So Is Love", "Wagnervous", and "The Blindfold Test". CD

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John FaheyOf Rivers & Religion/After The Ball ... CD
Reprise/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy ... $15.99
A pair of wonderful albums from the great John Fahey – back to back on a single CD! First up is Rivers & Religion – a really unique album by John Fahey – issued during a short stretch of initial mainstream approval, and a brief time of recording for Warner Brothers! Some of the album's quite different than the spare, solo Fahey you might know – and mixes his legendary guitar work with more elaborate elements than usual – additional instrumentation that includes bass, banjo, clarinet, piano, trombone, and fiddle – but all used at a level that really supports John's presence, not occludes it. Other tracks return to spare acoustic steel string guitar – creating an evocative balance that's mighty nice. Titles include "Funeral Song For Mississippi John Hurt", "Texas & Pacific Blues", "Dixie Pig Bar B Q Blues", "Lord Have Mercy Song", and "Deep River". After The Ball is a set with a disco ball on the cover, but a record that fits right in with the best early 20th century aesthetic in the work of John Fahey – particularly his way of reiimagining older musical traditions! There's a bit of added instrumentation on the record – two tracks that have some slight trad jazz flourishes – but overall, the album's mostly a solo effort with loads of wonderful guitar work from John – still as creative and as complicated as in his best recordings for Takoma! Other added instrumentation sometimes expands the sound with mandolin or banjo, but again in very sensitive ways – and titles include "Bucktown Stomp", "Om Shanthi Norris", "Beverly", and "Horses". CD

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Bobby MontezViva Montez! ... CD
World Pacific/Universal (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible album of Latin jazz! The great vibist Bobby Montez leads one of the hippest combos you'll ever hear on record – a modal quintet that grooves like no other Latin combo we can think of – topped with wonderful vibes from the leader, on an album that's totally unique – and even different than any of Bobby's other albums! The tracks are nicely jazzy, but with an exotic touch that gives them a wonderfully fresh feel – and Bobby and group sing spooky vocals on a number of tracks, chanting with the choruses in a way that's really cool – but which never takes away from the jazzy instrumentation. The whole thing's sublime – with piano from Carlos Avelar, timbales from Mike Gutierrez, and congas from Ray Rivera. Titles include "Jungle Stars", "Garden Of Allah", "My", "Guajiria Josephina", "But Heaven Knows", and "Brazilian". CD

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Jack MontroseBlues & Vanilla ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1956. Used ... $13.99
A standout session from Jack Montrose – one of the most overlooked players on the west coast scene of the 50s! Montrose's tenor work is always a treat, but here, he's playing in an unusual setting that includes Red Norvo on vibes, Joe Maini on alto sax, and Jim Hall on guitar – all working with Jack on a set of tunes that have the tight arrangements of his work on Atlantic and Pacific Jazz – yet which also open up with some interesting instrumental twists that break the mold a bit! Side one of the set features the 18 minute tune "Concertino Do Camera" – a nicely extended track that offers plenty of room for solo work – and the other shorter tracks still offer up strong solos too – on titles that include "Bernie's Tune", "A Dandy Line", "Bockhanal", and "For The Fairest". CD
(Out of print.)

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Gerry MulliganMainstream Of Jazz ... CD
EmArcy/Nippon (Japan), Mid 50s. Used ... $11.99
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.)

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Gerry MulliganPresenting The Gerry Mulligan Sextet ... CD
EmArcy/Membran (Germany), 1955. Used ... $8.99
A strong 50s session from Gerry – a bit like some of his work for the Pacific Jazz label, but perhaps a bit more biting and modern. The group's a sextet with Jon Eardley on trumpet, Zoot Sims on tenor, Dave Bailey on drums, Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, and Peck Morrison on bass – and titles include "Nights At The Turntable", "Mud Bug", "Bernie's Tune", and "Apple Core". CD

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Bud ShankLive At The Haig ... CD
Choice (UK), 1956. Used ... $11.99
Vintage live work from Bud Shank – material recorded right around the same time as his classic quartet albums on Pacific Jazz, but with a more freewheeling sort of sound! The group here are all familiar from the studio albums – Claude Williamson on piano, Don Prell on bass, and Chuck Flores on drums – but the overall style here is more focused on Shank's solos, which stretch out in a more unfettered way than we might have expected – really getting a nice edge on the numbers with alto sax! Titles include a great exotic take on "Out Of This World", done with really great flute – plus "Lover Man", "Ambassador Blues", "I Heard You Cried Last Night", and "How About You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jack SheldonJack Sheldon – The Quartet & Quintet ... CD
Jazz West/Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $13.99
Key early work from trumpeter Jack Sheldon – a set that captures his talents at their most basic and most stripped-down – very much in the spirit of the best LA jazz coming out on the Pacific Jazz label at the time! If the cover makes the set look a bit like a Chet Baker album, that's because there's a bit of the Baker approach here – one that's simple and focused, with a strongly melodic style that comes through beautifully on Sheldon's shimmering horn. But there's also a bit more of an edge, too – thanks to bold piano work from Walter Norris, and the addition of Zoot Sims on a number of tracks – and unlike Baker (or Sheldon on later records), there's no vocals here at all – just a strong instrumental groove. Titles include "Beach-Wise", "Groovus Mentus", "Dozo", "Jack Departs", and "Palermo Walk". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Chet BakerChet Baker & Strings (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Columbia (Japan), Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chet's only session for Columbia, arranged in conjunction with the Pacific Jazz label – which seems strange for some reason, because Baker hardly needed to move to a big label, given his success on the LA indie scene. Still, Richard Bock and the Pacific Jazz crew are firmly in place here – and despite the presence of added strings, players like Zoot Sims, Russ Freeman, and Bud Shank keep a nice west coast groove that fits well with Baker's breathy trumpet. Titles include "Love", "The Wind", "A Little Duet", and "Trickleydidlier". CD
Also available Chet Baker & Strings ... CD 2.99

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✨✧ Bob BrookmeyerModernity Of Bob Brookmeyer (plus Bob Brookmeyer Quartet) ... CD
Verve/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic album from the man who virtually summed up the sound of modern on the trombone in the 50s – the mighty Bob Brookmeyer, stepping out here in a rare session for Verve! The date's a great small combo one – with Bob's valve trombone at the head of a quartet that includes Jimmy Rowles on piano, Buddy Clark on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums – all working with Brookmeyer in a very easygoing way that makes for some of his most expressive solos on record at the time. Tracks are never that long – save for one – but Bob really packs plenty into the space, and clearly learns a lesson here from his time with Stan Getz. Titles include "The Bulldog Blues", "Jasmin", "What Is There To Say", "Sticks & Stems", and "He Ain't Got Rhythm". Remaining tracks on the CD are from an equally great 10" LP done for Pacific Jazz in 1954 – a set that features Bob also 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". CD

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✨✧ Richard Groove HolmesSoul Message (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Prestige, 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key album in the career of Richard Groove Holmes – his first session ever for Prestige Records, and the one that yielded the monster crossover hit version of "Misty"! The sound here is much leaner and cleaner than Groove in his Pacific Jazz years – a tight trio approach that brings plenty focus on Holmes' soaring style on the Hammond – that way of holding a note that made his organ work instantly recognizable in the 60s, in a groove that really set the tone for plenty of spacious keyboard work to come from others who would cop his style! Players include Gene Edwards on guitar and Jimmie Smith on drums – but Groove's organ dominates the records, and clearly sets the tone for the rhythm with his amazing sense of space and timing! Titles include a 6 minute version of Groove's "Misty", plus "Groove's Groove", "Song For My Father", and "Soul Message". CD

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✨✧ Annie RossAnnie Ross Sings A Handful Of Songs ... CD
Ember/DCC, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An obscure one from Annie Ross – recording here as a solo act back in England after leaving her famous group with Dave Lambert and John Hendricks! The style here is a bit like some of the solo work that Ross cut in the US at the end of the 50s – particularly her sides for Pacific Jazz – not as vocalese and solo-oriented as the sort of recordings that first got her noticed, but still a lot more dynamic than most straighter jazz singers of the time! Arrangements are pretty groovy overall – nicely jazzy, and penned by Johnnie Spence – also produced by John Barry, who really helps keep the right sort of "punch" in the set. Titles include "Fly Me To The Moon", "Nature Boy", "A Lot Of Livin To Do", "Like Someone In Love", "A Handful Of Songs", and "All Of You". CD

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✨✧ VariousAfrika Underground – Jazz, Funk, & Fusion Under Apartheid ... CD
Counterpoint (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Really wonderful stuff – a collection of totally unique grooves that won't cross over with any of your other African funk compilations! The focus here is on jazz, not funk or soul – and the set features a wealth of great tracks pulled from obscure South African records of the late 70s and early 80s. Funky fusion is definitely in command here – and the overall feel of the tracks is similar to some of the best European funky fusion of the 70s, fused with elements of African percussion and instrumentation – creating a true crossover of styles that crackles with a freshness that will have you coming back to this one again and again! Most tracks are instrumental – and the grooves here are a lot more complicated than on your average James Brown-inspired African funk tracks, a mix of strident modal modes, and other choppier funkier riff-heavy tunes. Plus, the whole thing's put together with the righteous intelligence of all the other Counterpoint titles – with great notes, incredible sound, and an approach that will easily take you to a whole new musical world! Titles include "I Remember You" by Mike Makahalemele, "Half N Half" by Zacks Nkosi, "Chapita" by Dick Khoza, "Lament" by Movement In The City, "Blues For Yusef" by Lionel Pillay, "The Way It Used To Be" by Pacific Express, and "La I La I La" by George Lee Larnyoh. CD

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✨✧ VariousLatino Blue – Blue Note Jazz con Sabor Latino ... CD
Blue Note, 1950s/1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Cheesy name – but a great set! And although "Blue Note" is in the title and the label, the package actually brings together a bunch of rare Latin sides from other labels in the Capitol/EMI camp – like World Pacific, Liberty, & Roulette. The overall groove is really wonderful – with a lively Latin jazz sound that's nicely spaced out, and a really rich selection of material that's pretty hard to find otherwise. Titles include "Soul Cha" by Joe Torres, "Latin Fever" by Jack Costanzo, "Agua Dulce" by Jazz Crusaders, "African Fantasy" by Bobby Montez, "Favela" by Clare Fischer, "La Bruja Negra" by Joe Torres, "Ritmo Bobo" by Sonny Stitt, "Blue Sands" by Charles Kynard & Buddy Collette, and "Trinidad" by Willie Bobo. 14 cuts in all – and a nice groove throughout! CD
(Out of print. CD has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Bjarne RostvoldJazz Journey (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Hit/Jazzhus Disk (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The band may be riding in a carriage on the cover, but there's nothing old-timey about this set – as the record represents some of the best modern jazz on the Danish scene at the start of the 60s! The album's a rare gem from drummer Bjarne Rostvold – one of the key exponents of his scene at the time, working here in both trio and quartet formation – the former with Bent Axen on piano and Erik Moseholm on bass, the latter featuring the same group with the addition of trumpeter Allan Botschinsky! The quartet tracks lead off the set, and really sparkle nicely, thanks to Botschinsky's presence – a trumpet sound that's sharp-edged, but never too modern – muted at times, and blowing with echoes of the Pacific Jazz years of the LA scene. Trio tracks follow on the second half of the record, and showcase both the well-crafted piano lines of Axen and the round-toned bass of Moseholm – one of those players who contributed a lot to key sides back in the day, but who only now finally seems to be getting his due. Titles include "Mister Man", "Fluted Columns", "Autumn Leaves", "No Problem", and "Mister PC". 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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✨✧ Chet BakerChet Baker In New York ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
Quite a great session for Chet Baker – one that has him recording in New York, with a hip lineup that includes some incredibly soulful players! The tunes on the set feature Chet in either quartet or quintet formation – working with Johnny Griffin on tenor, Al Haig on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Tracks are longish, and the sound is much more in the mode of Riverside at the time, than the sound of Chet's earlier Pacific Jazz records – and Chet holds his own nicely in this company, giving a hint of the style to come in a few more years. Titles include "Fair Weather", "Hotel 49", "When Lights Are Low", "Solar", and "Blue Thoughts". CD features the bonus track "Soft Winds". CD
Also available Chet Baker In New York ... LP 29.99

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✨✧ Billy Larkin & The DelegatesOrgan Grooves & Soul Brothers – The Best Of Billy Larkin & The Delegates ... CD
Stateside/EMI (UK), 1960s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Massive work from one of the greatest organ combos of the 60s – headed by Hammond genius Billy Larkin, and featuring the amazing Delegates on rhythm, with a young Mel Brown on drums! Larkin had a groove that was all his own – a tight, jukebox-oriented approach to soul jazz organ – one that focused on the rhythms, and let the solos sneak in where they may – a right, tight, and no-nonsense approach that meant that Larkin's grooves were always in demand on the dancefloor! And in fact, the Delegates groove is still burning strongly today – very much in demand in a range of scenes from Northern Soul to Deep Funk to Steppers, and beyond! This tasty little 24 track set brings together some of Billy's best work for the Aura and World Pacific label from the 60s – all tunes with the core grouping of Larkin on Hammond, Hank Swarn on guitar, and Mel Brown on drums – plus added saxophone from Clifford Scott on a number of tracks! Titles include "Pigmy (parts 1 & 2)", "The Peeper", "Foxy Little Ghoul", "Killer Joe", "The Cooker", "Barefootin", "Unit 7", "On Broadway", "Spooky", "Ode To Billie Joe", "Cuchy Frito Man", "Dirty Water", and "Ain't That A Groove". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ ShantiShanti ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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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