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✨✧ Chet BakerPrince Of Cool – The Pacific Jazz Years – 1952 to 1957 (3 CD set) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Mid 50s. Used 3CD ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print. Includes slipcase and booklet.)

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Gerry MulliganComplete Pacific Jazz Recordings Of The Gerry Mulligan Quartet With Chet Baker (4CD set) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1952/1953/1957. Used 4CDs ... $29.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gil EvansComplete Pacific Jazz Sessions (New Bottle Old Wine/Great Jazz Standards) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1958/1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 wonderful late 50s sessions from arranger Gil Evans – both of which we'd rank right up there with his best work with Miles Davis, or the albums under his own name for Impulse in the 60s! The first half of the CD is from the album New Bottle Old Wine – 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". Great Jazz Standards is equally great, a fantastic lost set from Evans – and one that features Mingus trumpeter Johnny Coles as the lead soloist in front of Evans-led modern groups that include players like Elvin Jones, Ray Crawford, Steve Lacy, Budd Johnson, Rod Levitt, and Chuck Wayne. Despite the "standards" in the title, most of these numbers are modern tunes from the 50s – like "Joy Spring", "Ballad Of The Sad Young Men", "Django", "Straight No Chaser", and "Chant Of The Weed" – all given Evans' unique style of arrangement, tweaked up a few notches to give them a really edgey quality. Coles is clearly standing in for Miles here, but the format works well overall! CD features 15 tracks in all, including some newly-improved versions of a few tracks, correcting mistakes in the original records! CD
(Out of print.)
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Jim HallJazz Guitar ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... $5.99
A rare early trio set from Jim Hall – especially noteworthy because Jim rarely worked in the format as a leader! The album's got Hall working with Carl Perkins on piano and Red Mitchell on bass – in a mode that slightly recalls some of Barney Kessel's mid 50s recordings over at Contemporary Records, but which also has that airier style that was Hall's first great calling card on his instrument. Some of the best cuts really have the notes hanging in air with incredible grace and a very subtle sense of swing – and titles include "This Is Always", "Look For The Silver Lining", "Stella By Starlight", "Deep In A Dream", "Seven Come Eleven", and "Thanks For The Memory". CD

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✨✧ Bud Shank & Bob CooperBud Shank & Bob Cooper – Mosaic Select (Bud Shank & Three Trombones/Jazz At Cal Tech/Flute N Oboe/Swing's To TV/Blowin Country) ... CD
Mosaic/Pacific Jazz, 1950s. Used 3CD ... $58.99
A wonderful document of one of the best musical pairings on the west coast scene of the 50s – Bud Shank and Bob Cooper! The set features some of the pair's best recordings for the Pacific Jazz label in the 50s – material that was recorded for the albums Bud Shank & 3 Trombones, Bud Shank & Bob Brookmeyer, Jazz At Cal Tech, Flute N Oboe, Blowin Country, and The Swing's To TV. Some of the sessions feature Shank as the main instrumentalist, with Cooper doing arrangements – and others feature the pair playing together, in wonderful multi-reed settings that include work on alto, tenor, flute, oboe, and bass clarinet! Together, the pair had a well-crafted sound that showed the best elements of the west coast at the time – a tight sense of arrangements and execution, but also a solfulness to the solo work that made even the shortest tunes bristle with life and energy! The set features a huge amount of material – 50 titles in all, on 3CDs, with great notes on the material – and the quality of the package is tremendous! CD
(Out of print. Numbered, limited edition. Includes original slipcase and booklet.)

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Lauren WhiteOut Of The Past – Jazz & Noir ... CD
Cafe Pacific, 2016. Used ... $5.99
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(Mark through digipack barcode.)

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Mark WinklerJazz & Other Four Letter Words ... CD
Cafe Pacific, 2015. Used ... $7.99
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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 ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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, BMG music club pressing.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersChile Con Soul ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the best 60s albums by the Crusaders – and a swinging Latin session to boot! The core group of The Jazz Crusaders is expanded with some funky flute from Hubert Laws, sweet organ licks from Clare Fischer, and lots of congas from Carlos Vidal – all of whom push the group past their usual (and excellent) soul jazz bag, into a realm of hard-grooving Latin numbers! The playing on the set is tremendous – as "in the pocket" as the group could be, but also a lot more hiply swinging and open to rhythmic changes. A total gem – with titles that include "Agua Dulce", "Tacos", "Soul Bourgeoisie", and "Latin Bit". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Chile Con Soul ... LP 6.99

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Chet BakerChet Baker & Crew ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... $6.99
Killer work from the late 50's by Chet! Although Baker's trumpet playing in the early part of the decade became known as one of the trademark "cool" sounds of the west coast, he started to move towards a sound that was a lot more hardbop at the end of the decade – as you'll hear on this tasty album. The session's got a great (and unlikely) batch of players accompanying Chet – like firey young soul jazz pianist Bobby Timmons, modal grooving bassist Jimmy Bond, and cool tenorist Phil Urso. The set's a great one, and pushes Chet's sound way past the usual stereotypes. Titles include "Medium Rock", "Lucius Lu", "Revelation", and "To Mickey's Memory". Plus, this excellent reissue CD also adds a number of bonus tracks recorded by the same group, but not issued with the original album. Added titles include "Chippyin", "Line For Lyons (vocal version!)", and "Jumpin Off A Clef". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerChet Baker Big Band (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... $5.99
Excellent work – and believe it or not, a great big band album led by Chet Baker! Although Chet's mostly best known for his work in small groups, he's really shining here as the leader of a large ensemble that includes a mix of "cool" west coast players on horns – Bud Shank, Bill Perkins, Conte Candoli, and others – plus more hard bop-oriented players on rhythm – Lawrence Marable, Jimmy Bond, and the great Bobby Timmons – making a surprise appearance on piano! The combination makes for a real monster of an album – crackling with energy all the way through, and featuring some of Baker's hardest solos on wax! Tracks include "A Foggy Day", "Mythe", "Phil's Blues", and "Tenderly". 16 tracks in all. CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerChet Baker Sings & Plays With Bud Shank, Russ Freeman & Strings ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1955. Used ... $5.99
A classic album of vocal tracks from Chet Baker – working here with a core group that features piano by Russ Freeman and flute by Bud Shank – plus additional arrangements on some tracks by the likes of Johnny Mandel, Marty Paich, and Frank Campo. The album's classic Chet all the way through – cool but fragile – summed up in the set's perfect take on the stone classic "Lets Get Lost" – plus titles that include "Just Friends", "Grey December", "I Remember You", "Long Ago & Far Away", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "I Wish I Knew", and "Daybreak". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing. Name in pen on booklet cover.)

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Chet BakerPicture Of Heath ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $3.99
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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Chet Baker & Bud Shank/Leith StevensTheme Music From The James Dean Story (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1956. Used ... $12.99
Although the initial release of this music was a cheap attempt to cash in on the tragic fame of the late James Dean, this 1956 session was also one of the nicest big band dates to come out of the Pacific Jazz catalog of the 1950s! Chet Baker and Bud Shank are the featured soloists of the set – and the group's conducted by Johnny Mandel and Bill Holman, both excellent arrangers with a strong feel for soundtrack-oriented material of this sort. Tommy Sands sings vocals on a version of "Let Me Be Loved", which is the only standard on the set – as the rest of the tracks are originals by the great Leith Stevens. The band's filled with other west coasters that you'll recognize – and titles include "The Movie Star", "Jimmy's Theme", "The Search", "Lost Love", and "Rebel At Work". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet Baker & Stan GetzWest Coast Live ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1953/1954. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
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(Out of print.)

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Don EllisLive At Monterey ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Used ... $16.99
A really great little album recorded by trumpeter Don Ellis in his early years – done at a time before he started putting a bit more fusion in his mix! The record features an extended live performance by a larger group, caught in concert at the Monterey Jazz Fest in 1966 – opening up in a fresh, youthful, modern sound – never too out there, but with a sense of optimism that Ellis must have carried to the stage right from music school! The band has a lot of extremely cool elements in its composition – like organ by Dave Mackay, tenor by Ira Schulman, and some very heavy conga work by Chino Valdes – all of which help give the tunes some unusual flavors and tones – making them swing with a lot more character than you might expect. The overall feel is a mix of strange time changes, off-kilter arrangements, and (most importantly) a tight jazzy groove! Titles include "Passacaglia & Fugue", "New Nine", and "Concerto For Trumpet". CD
(Out of print.)

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Clare FischerSurging Ahead ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1962. Used ... $14.99
Early trio work from pianist Clare Fischer – definitely surging ahead at this point in his career! The set's got a bit more of a freewheeling sound than some of Fischer's later, more arranged material – lots of tight piano from Clare in the lead, swung with a good blend of soul jazz energy mixed with Latin and Brazilian influences – with support from a few different rhythm teams, players who include Gary Peacock, Ralph Pena, and Albert Stinson on bass – and Gene Stone, Larry Bunker, and Colin Bailey on drums! Some of the tracks are a bit longer than you'd expect for such a record – taking things nicely past conventional trio expectations – and titles include "Billie's Bounce", "Way Down East", "Davenport Blues", "Strayhorn", "This Can't Be Love", and "Without A Song". CD
(Out of print.)

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Russ Freeman/Richard TwardzikTrio (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1954. Used ... $11.99
One of the rarest albums on the Pacific Jazz label from the 50s – featuring a side apiece of trio material by pianists Russ Freeman and Richard (aka Dick) Twardzik. Both players were known as accompanists of Chet Baker during his sublime mid 50s run at Pacific Jazz – and although Freeman is well-remembered today as the strong player he always was, Twardzik has quickly fallen into obscurity, due to a young death in the mid 50s – and this album features some of the few tracks he recorded as a leader on his own. Freeman plays with Joe Mondragon on bass and Shelly Manne on drums, and Twardzik plays with Carson Smith and Peter Littman – and titles include "Yellow Tango", "Round Midnight", "Abuquerque Social Swim", "Backfield In Motion", "Bock's Tops", and "Yesterday's Gardenias". CD

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Jack MontroseJack Montrose Sextet ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1955. Used ... $9.99
A beautiful example of why the west coast scene was great when it was working at its finest! Jack Montrose cut a rare few albums in the 50s, but this one's a gem – done with help from frequent partner Bob Gordon on baritone sax, and with other players that include Conte Candoli, Shelly Manne, and Joe Mondragon. The style is tightly arranged, but not too tightly that the band doesn't have room to swing – and the mix of Montrose's tenor and Gordon's baritone is sublime together! Titles include "Listen Hear", "Some Good Fun Blues", "Fools Rush In", "Speakeasy", "Pretty", "Credo", and "That Old Feeling". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jack Montrose & Bob GordonTwo Can Play – Complete Quintet & Sextet Sessions 1954 to 1955 (Meet Mr Gordon/Jack Montrose/Jack Montrose Sextet) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1954/1955. Used 2 CDs ... $14.99
Brilliant work by two of our favorite talents of 50s west coast jazz! Bob Gordon was a baritone player, but one who really knew how to swing – and he worked in a style that was somewhere between Gerry Mulligan and Gil Melle, slightly modern, but never too out there – always sticking to essential rhythms, but wrapping all the horns together in a wonderfully compelling way. A big part of his sound was the work of tenorist Jack Montrose – who played often with Gordon throughout the mid 50s, either on albums under Bob's name, or his own. Montrose's tone is great – a bit raspy, and quite soulful – and together, him and Gordon are a hell of a pair who should have risen a lot farther than they did! This great 2CD set brings together all work done by the players in collaboration – material that appeared on the albums Meet Mr Gordon (Pacific Jazz), issued under Bob's name – and Jack Montrose (Atlantic) and Jack Montrose Sextet (Pacific Jazz). Other players here include Paul Moer on piano, Red Mitchell or Ralph Pena on bass, and Billy Schneider or Shelly Mann on drums – plus a bit of trumpet from Conte Candoli – and the 26 track CD features titles that include "Meet Mr Gordon", "Modus Operandi", "Onion Bottom", "Two Can Play", "Paradox", "A Little Duet", "Dot's Groovy", "I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town", "Listen Hear", "Pretty", "Credo", "Fools Rush In", and "Speakeasy". CD
(Out of print.)

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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.)

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✨✧ Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Quartet – At Storyville (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Jazz Heritage, 1956. Used ... $4.99
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". Lots of bonus tracks too – with 15 titles in all! CD
(Out of print Jazz Heritage pressing.)

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✨✧ Bud Shank & Bob CooperBlowin Country (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956/1958. Used ... $8.99
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
(Out of print.)
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Gerry MulliganMainstream Of Jazz ... CD
EmArcy/Nippon (Japan), Mid 50s. Used ... $4.99
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
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✨✧ Chet BakerMost Important Jazz Album Of 1964/65 ... CD
Roulette, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great work from Chet Baker, and one of his strongest jazz albums of the 60s – even if the title makes a pretty ambitious claim! (And given those heady years of 1964 and 1965, Chet's got an awful lot of important albums to contend with!) The album steps nicely off of some of Chet's late 50s work for Pacific Jazz – the harder, more burning sides he cut at the end of the previous decade – records that marked a real departure from some of his mellower early work. The group here is well suited to help Chet reach a new level – as players include Phil Urso on tenor, Hal Galper on piano, Jymie Merritt on bass, and Charlie Rice on drums – all working in tight formation to arrangements by Galper, Tadd Dameron, and Jimmy Mundy. Titles include "Soultrane", "Mating Call", "Flight To Jordan", "Retsim B", "Walkin", and "Gnid". CD
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Laurindo Almeida & Bud ShankBrazilliance Vol 2 ... CD
World Pacific, 1958. Used ... $6.99
5 years after they made their first set of groundbreaking Braziliany jazz tracks together, Bud Shank and Laurindo Almeida went back into the studio to record another great batch for Pacific Jazz. That second set of sessions is captured here in its entirety, and it features Shank and Almeida playing with the looser rhythm team of Gary Peacock and Chuck Flores on a number of short groovy tracks that clearly had a big influence on the bossa generation. Titles include "Waltz Frio & Calor", "Sunset Baion", "Mood Antigua", "Choro In A", "The Color Of Her Hair", and "Nocturno". CD
(Out of print.)

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Joao DonatoCoisas Tao Simples ... CD
EMI/World Pacific, 1995. Used ... $6.99
A great later album from Joao Donato – one that almost took the world by surprise when it was released, as it came after a long period of silence from the bossa legend! The set's got a mellow-grooving feel that's definitely rooted in bossa, with a touch of jazz – modernized slightly, and a great precursor to the strong run of new albums Donato would go onto record in the decade or two after this one. Titles include a remake of "Bananeira", plus "O Fundo", "Summer Of Temptation", "E Menina/Emorio", "Every Day", "Gaiolas Abertas", "Cafe Com Pao", and "Lugar Comum". CD
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John FaheyOf Rivers & Religion/After The Ball ... CD
Reprise/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy ... $10.99
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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HiroshimaHiroshima/Odori ... CD
Arista/Vocalion (UK), 1979/1980. New Copy ... $16.99
Two sweet sets from Hiroshima – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled first album from Hiroshima – a group who took the 70s experiments in Japanese fusion right into the American mainstream – with a wonderful blend of jazz and soul, and a production style that was never too polished or commercial! The group's led by reedman Dan Kuramota – who plays both sax and flutes, including a bit of Japanese wooden flute – which gives the record a few slight "Eastern" touches a times, although the overall vibe is strongly in the best soulful fusion of the period! In keeping with that approach, there's a bit of vocals on the record – sung in English with a soulful vibe – on titles that include "Lion Dance", "Da Da", "Taiko Song", "Holidays", "Never Ever", and "Kokoro". Odori is a wicked blend of jazz and soul from Hiroshima – a group who've got the smooth blend of styles we love in some of the import-only fusion dates that were coming from Japan in the late 70s! The group's got a few light touches that emphasize their Pacific roots – including light flute lines and touches of koto and shamisen, but often used in more subtle ways than on earlier Japanese albums that mixed these rootsy elements with jazz – and the overall vibe here is one that's got plenty of appeal to fans of crossover fusion from the time, especially the kind with a strong current of soul! There's a bit of vocals on the record, too – and titles include "Winds Of Change", "Odori", "Echoes", "Cruisin J-Town", "Fortune Teller", and "Shinto". CD

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VariousFor Cool Cats Only Vol 2 ... CD
Somethin Cool (Japan), 2016. New Copy ... $16.99
Cool cats, indeed – a very hip collection of jazz musicians from the Japanese scene – almost all of whom are contemporary players who haven't gotten much exposure over here on this side of the Pacific! Each track features a different group, and some players overlap here and there – creating a sense of unity amongst the performances – which have a great old school mix of hardbop and more lyrical moments – impeccably recorded in the style of the Something Cool label! Titles include "Scent Of Spring" and "Choro Pro Ze", performed by a group with Yuu Uesugi on trombone, Mike Zachernuk on trumpet, and Yuko Sakuma on piano; "Amembow" by the trio of pianist Hiroyuki Takubo; "Ballad" by pianist Ami Ogaeri; "Brown's Mood" and "Lined With A Groove" by the trio of bassist Yoshimasa Otsuka; and "The Red Bow Tie Cat" by the group of trombonist Itsumi Komano. CD

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldElla/Things Ain't What They Used To Be ... CD
Reprise, 1969/1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 of Ella Fitzgerald's grooviest albums – back to back on one CD! First up is Ella, from 1969 – the kind of record that marked a really nice change from Fitzgerald's staid work for Verve in years past! The setting here is bouncy and mod – a great mixture of jazz, soul, and bits of late 60s Brit Easy – no surprise, given that the sessions were recorded in London, with arrangements from maestros John Cameron and Mike Vickers! And while a few Ella purists might complain about the record, we totally dig it – and find it to be very similar to her excellent MPS album from the same stretch – a whole new sound for a singer with the range to take on anything! Titles include "Get Ready", "Yellow Man", "I Wonder Why", "Savoy Truffle", "Open Your Window", "Knock On Wood", "Got To Get You Into My Life", and "The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game". Things Ain't What They Used To Be is great too – a surprising groover that features Gerald Wilson backing Ella with a great blend of soul, jazz, and bossa styles! By the time of the session, Wilson had honed his craft on a strong run of 60s albums for Pacific Jazz – creating a trademark groove that pushes all instruments in the group tightly together, while allowing just the right breakout modes for soloists like Dennis Budimir or Harold Land to spice things up alongside Ella's vocals. Nearly every track on the album has a nice little bounce at the bottom, and even older chestnuts are strongly transformed into a much later, groovier sound for the set. Titles include "Sunny", "Mas Que Nada", "Man & A Woman", "Manteca", "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", and "Days Of Wine & Roses". CD
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✨✧ Good Fellows (Eric Alexander & Vincent Herring)Take The Yellow Train (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Monky's (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very hip sextet, and a cool trans-Pacific partnership, too – a group led by drummer Yoichi Kobayashi, but which also features strong work from American jazz giants Eric Alexander on tenor, Vincent Herring on alto, and Anthony Wonsey on piano! The format is relatively straightforward, but in the best manner of some of Alexander's other group dates – such as his material with the One For All Combo – and bass is by Motoi Kanamori, and female Japanese saxophonist Erena Terakubo plays on three of the album's nine tracks. Titles include the original "Take That Yellow Train", plus "Manteca", "Sweet Clifford", "Good Morning Heartache", "Two Bass Hit", "Giant Steps", and "Frank's Tune" – an old gem penned by Frank Strozier! CD

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✨✧ Kazutoki Kappo UmezuSeikatsu Kojyo Iinkai (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Off Note (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic trans-Pacific meeting of avant jazz talents – a set recorded on the mid 70s New York scene, right at the height of the loft jazz years – with a lineup that includes Ahmed Abdullah on trumpet, Yorikuki Harada on piano, Kazuotoki Kappo Umezu on alto, William Parker on bass, and Rashid Shinan on drums! We mostly know Umezu from later Japanese recordings, some of which are a bit more tightly controlled – but he's really on fire here, working with a very free lineup that embraces all the youth and energy the group has to offer! The set features two long tracks – "Stravizauls" and "Kim" – both over 20 minutes, with lots of freewheeling solos by the players. CD

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✨✧ VariousUltra Lounge Volume 14 – Bossa Novaville ... CD
Capitol, Late 50s/1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A groovy set of loungey bossa tunes – pulled from 60s recordings on Capitol, Liberty, Pacific Jazz, and related labels. There's more than a few "authentic" bossa performers here, mixed with some others that pick up the groove nicely – working out their own west coast interpretation of the genre in a lively swinging way. There's a total of 18 tracks in all – and titles include "Mas Que Nada" by Rubin Mitchell, "Baia" by Bill Perkins, "So Danco Samba" by Wanda De Sah, "Triste" by Howard Roberts, "Amy's Theme" by Martin Denny, "Samba De Orfeu" by Ray Anthony, "Look Of Love" by Billy May, "Misirlou" by Laurindo Almeida & The Bossa Nova All Stars, "Witchcraft" by Joe Graves & The Diggers, and "Que Sabe Voce De Mim" by Walter Wanderley. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Conte CandoliModern Sounds From The West (Best From The West Vols 1 & 2) ... CD
Blue Note/Lonehill (Spain), Mid 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A real rarity in West Coast jazz – originally issued as a very obscure Blue Note session recorded on the west coast in the mid 50s – released as 2 10" LPs, and billed as a "blindfold test" under the supervision of Leonard Feather, but featuring some of Blue Note's only west coast jazz sessions of the 50s! The musicians on the original record were not named – probably because of contractual reasons – but artists include Conte Candoli, Jimmy Giuffre, Charlie Mariano, Howard Roberts, Marty Paich, and others – all coming together with a fresh, clean sound that's very much in the spirit of some of the best west coast work for labels like Pacific Jazz or Capitol at the time! This CD reissue includes both of the original 10" albums on one set – along with much-needed notes on the players. Titles include "Santa Anita", "Culver City", "Burbank Bounce", "Arcadia", "Here's Pete", "Santa Monica", and "Blindfold Test No 1". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Stan GetzStan Getz At The Shrine ... CD
Verve, 1954. Used ... Out Of Stock
A classic west coast recording by Stan – recorded at the Shrine Theater in LA in '54, with a group that includes Bob Brookmeyer on trombone and John Williams on piano! The groove is more similar to Stan's eastern sides of the time, given his bandmates here – but the sound is still quite wonderful, and almost a relaxed Verve answer to the sound of some of the Pacific Jazz dates of the period. Rhythm is by Bill Anthony on bass and either Frank Isola or Art Madigan on drums – and titles include "Flamingo", "Lover Man", "Pernod", "Tasty Pudding", "Polkadots & Moonbeams", "Open Country", "We'll Be Together Again", and "Feather Merchant". Great stuff from Getz! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bud ShankMagical Mystery ... CD
World Pacific (Japan), 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
Bud Shank's second Beatles-titled album of the 60s – and a set that's even groovier than the first! The record features a wonderful jazz-based approach to "second chapter" Beatles – with arranger Bob Florence providing superb arrangements for post-Rubber Soul tunes, which are mixed in with some other hip 60s pop numbers too! Bud plays alto sax and flute – still in the lead on the solos – but also couched wonderfully in work from players who include Chet Baker and Gary Barone on flugelhorns, Herb Ellis and Dennis Budimir on guitars, and Victor Feldman on percussion. Titles include "I Am The Walrus", "Paper Cup", "Windy", "I Wanna Be Free", "Hello Goodbye", "Flying", and "Blue Jay Way". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Herb GellerFire In The West (aka Herb Geller) ... CD
Jubilee/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A gem of a record – easily one of Herb Geller's best, and a set that definitely has the "fire" promised in the title! There's a bite to the record we really love – a quality in Geller's tone that really blows us away – and which has had us going back and re-evaluating his career after hearing this set. Part of the strength is the setting – a nicely dark vibe, typical to some of the other Jubilee jazz sessions of the time – played by a lineup that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Harold Land on tenor, Lou Levy on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Lawrence Marable on bass – an ensemble that have a fuller punch than some of Geller's other groups in the 60s. The track's are easily grooving hardbop numbers – nearly all originals, and handled with a style that's much more New York oriented than you'd expect from Geller's west coast roots. Titles include "S'Pacific View", "The Fruit", "Marable Eyes", "Melrose & Sam", and "An Air For The Heir". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Herb GellerThat Geller Feller (aka Fire In The West) ... CD
Josie/Fresh Sound (Spain), 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
A gem of a record – easily one of Herb Geller's best! There's a bite to the record we really love – a quality in Geller's tone that really blows us away – and which has had us going back and re-evaluating his career after hearing this set. Part of the strength is the setting – a nicely dark vibe, typical to some of the other Jubilee jazz sessions of the time – played by a lineup that includes Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Harold Land on tenor, Lou Levy on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Lawrence Marable on bass – an ensemble that have a fuller punch than some of Geller's other groups in the 60s. The track's are easily grooving hardbop numbers – nearly all originals, and handled with a style that's much more New York oriented than you'd expect from Geller's west coast roots. Titles include "S'Pacific View", "The Fruit", "Marable Eyes", "Melrose & Sam", and "An Air For The Heir". CD

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✨✧ Annie RossAnnie Ross Sings A Handful Of Songs (plus Gasser/Cranks/bonus tracks) ... CD
Ember/El (UK), 1964. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
An overstuffed package of work from Annie Ross – one that features a few key albums, plus some rare bonus tracks too! First up is A Handful Of Songs – which has Ross recording 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". Next is A Gasser – one of Annie Ross' rare albums as a solo act away from her trio with Jon Hendricks and Dave Lambert – and a great little session cut with small combo jazz backing, which gives the song a nice swinging edge! Zoot Sims is the main soloist on the tunes, Russ Freeman lays down piano tracks to set the mood – and other players include Jim Hall, Monte Budwig, Mel Lewis, and Bill Perkins – all of whom contribute wonderfully to the album, and give it a nicely grooving west coast finish. Titles include "I Was Doing Alright", "You Took Advantage Of Me", "Lucky Day", "Lucky So & So", and "Nobody's Baby". 2CD set also features material from the London cast recording of Cranks – which features Ross with Anthony Newley – plus some songs with Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross – and the tune "Let's Fly" by Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers, which was written by Ross. CD

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Pepper AdamsCritics' Choice – Pepper Adams ... CD
World Pacific/Mighty Quinn, 1957. Used ... $12.99
A real lost treasure from Pacific Jazz – a rare late 50s west coast session from Pepper Adams, featuring the amazing baritonist in a group with Lee Katzman on trumpet, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Doug Watkins on bass, and Mel Lewis on drums! The sound is incredible – on a par with that rare few of Adams' other magnificent albums as a leader – modern, yet soulful, and with a fluid feel that makes it hard to believe that Pepper's working with a baritone sax. Adams' work is always top-shelf, but this album's an even further cut above – and its proof that Pepper was one of the strongest talents burning in jazz in the late 50s! Tracks are all longish, and feature some nice unusual numbers that include "Minor Mishap", "Blackout Blues", "High Step", "5021", and "Zec". CD also features the bonus track "Four Funky People". CD
(Out of print.)
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Bud ShankMichelle ... CD
World Pacific/Elemental (UK), 1965. New Copy Gatefold ... $16.99
Bud Shank takes on the sounds of The Beatles – and a whole host of other 60s pop stars as well – all with results that are as jazzy as they are groovy! The album's one of a few that Bud cut for Liberty in this format – alto and flute spread out over fuller backings from Bob Florence, a great arranger who knows how to make things swing by bringing in some wonderful 60s touches! There's a bit of guitar at times, some compressed horns – ala A&M – and some overall mod rhythms that help change things up nicely from tune to tune. Titles include "Michelle", "Yesterday", "Blue On Blue", "Sounds Of Silence", "Turn Turn Turn", "As Tears Go By", and "Girl". CD
(Limited edition!)

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