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Jazz CrusadersPacific Jazz Quintet Studio Sessions (6CD set) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Mosaic, 1960s. Used 6CDs ... $139.99
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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Curtis Amy & Dupree BoltonKatanga (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1963. Used ... $16.99
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.)

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Chet BakerBest of Chet Baker Plays ... CD
Pacific Jazz, Early 50s. Used ... $2.99
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

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Chet BakerChet Baker Big Band ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... $9.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerChet Baker Sextet ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1954/1957. Used ... $8.99
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.)

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Chet BakerOut Of Nowhere – Chet Baker Quartet Live Vol 2 ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Used ... $8.99
Rare live material from Chet Baker – recorded at 1954 performances at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium and the Tiffany Club in LA. The material was never officially issued at the time, although it did make an appearance in a now out of print box set on Mosaic – and it features Chet grooving easily in quartet formation, with Russ Freeman on piano, Carson Smith on bass, and Bob Neel on drums. Titles include "Stella By Starlight", "Line For Lyons", "Carson City Stage", "All The Things You Are", "Lady Bird", and "Out Of Nowhere". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerPicture Of Heath ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $9.99
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 BakerThis Time the Dream's On Me – Chet Baker Quartet Live Volume 1 ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1953/1954. Used ... $9.99
Excellent lost jazz work from Chet Baker! The CD combines 5 tracks from a never-before-heard live set recorded in 1953 at the Curran Theatre in LA, plus 9 more cuts from 1954 session that was issued on the long out-of-print LP Jazz At Ann Arbor. Both sessions feature Chet playing with pianist Russ Freeman, an amazingly understated player whose graceful darkness perfectly matches young Chet's sound on the trumpet. The pair are backed by Carson Smith on bass and either Larry Bunker or Bob Neel on drums – and the extended set's a wonderfully no-nonsense batch of jazz tunes that really sparkles in comparison with some of Baker's later live work. Titles include "All The Things You Are", "Maid In Mexico", "Lover Man", "My Funny Valentine", "Stella By Starlight", and "Russ Job". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet Baker & Russ FreemanQuartet – Russ Freeman & Chet Baker ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... $8.99
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 is completed by Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Shelly Manne on drums – and the tracks are simple and elegant, but with well placed solo work. Titles include "Fan Tan", "Love Nest", "Summer Sketch", and "Say When". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet Baker & Stan GetzWest Coast Live ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1953/1954. Used 2CD ... $9.99
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Bob Brookmeyer QuintetTraditionalism Revisited ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... $9.99
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.)
Also available Traditionalism Revisited ... LP 18.99

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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 ... $22.99
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

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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 ... $6.99
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
(Limited Connoisser Series, small cutout hole through case.)

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Chico Hamilton with Eric DolphyOriginal Ellington Suite ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1958. Used ... $9.99
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, small cutout through spine.)

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Richard Groove HolmesGroove ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Capitol, 1961. Used ... $9.99
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
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Richard Groove Holmes & Gene AmmonsGroovin' With Jug ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Capitol, 1961. Used ... $9.99
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.)
Also available Groovin' With Jug ... LP 3.99

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Jazz CrusadersFreedom Sound ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1961. Used ... $11.99
Sublime early soul jazz from the Jazz Crusaders – a seminal set that really has the group taking off right away! The use of "freedom" in the title is well placed – as the set definitely shows the players stretching out a bit on their solos – hinting at the magic that would move even more forward during their Lighthouse recordings – while still hanging onto the great groove that took them from Texas to the top of the LA scene! Every player's got a key presence here – Wilton Felder on tenor, Wayne Henderson on trombone, Joe Sample on piano, and Stix Hooper on drums – and the set also features some guest rhythm work from Jimmy Bond on bass and Roy Gaines on guitar, both of whom bring a nice pulse to the set. Titles include "The Geek", "Freedom Sound", and "Coon". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jazz CrusadersJazz Crusaders At The Lighthouse (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Used ... $11.99
The landmark first album to feature the Jazz Crusaders playing live at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach – the start of a great run of albums that would go onto help redefine the sound of soul jazz in the 60s! Although the group was already plenty darn great on their studio sides, working at the Lighthouse seemed to allow them to open up even more – work in a slightly longer, more spacious setting than in the studio – with more room for creative solos and a sound that was often more deeply soulful overall! In fact, the Jazz Crusaders association with the club helped turn the sound of the Lighthouse away from the "cool" reputation it got from Lighthouse All-Stars albums of the 50s – and open the place up as the more righteous venue for jazz expression to come from players like Lee Morgan, Grant Green, and Elvin Jones on Blue Note! The lineup here is classic Crusaders – with plenty of searing tenor work from Wilton Felder, slidingly soulful trombone from Wayne Henderson, storming piano by Joe Sample, and tight tight rhythm from Victor Gaskin on bass and Stix Hooper on drums. Tracks include some great originals, like "Congolese Sermon", "Cathy's Dilemma", and "Scandalizing", plus a great version of Jackie McLean's "Appointment in Ghana". CD also features 2 long bonus tracks – "Boopie" and "Penny Blue". CD
(Out of print.)

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Les McCannLes McCann Ltd In New York (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1961. Used ... $11.99
A killer live set by Les McCann – and one that actually him playing with some horns! The record was cut early in McCann's career, with his Ltd trio that had Herbie Lewis on bass and Ron Jefferson on drums – plus some great guest work by Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, and Frank Haines on tenor. We can't stress how much these players add a groove to Les' group – as we always enjoy his piano playing, but find most of his trio sets a bit sleepy. Instead, this one grooves like a rare Blue Note – and the tracks are long with plenty of great solo interplay. Titles include "Cha Cha Twist", "Chip Monck", and "Maxie's Changes". CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)
Also available Les McCann Ltd In New York ... LP 4.99
 
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Chet BakerChet – Ballads By Chet Baker ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... $6.99
One of a handful of late 50s albums that Chet Baker recorded for Riverside – all of which are some of his last great 50s work in the studio, before a shift in the 60s to a wider-ranging approach to his music! The style here is definitely in the "classic" Baker mode set down for Pacific Jazz – but a bit more fleshed out by the other players in the set – who seem to push a bit more personality into the tunes, and not just let Chet's trumpet dominate. The sound is soft and gentle – as you'd expect from the title – and other players include Bill Evans, Pepper Adams, Kenny Burrell, Paul Chambers, Connie Kay and Philly Joe Jones – all bringing a bit of a New York undercurrent to the west coast Baker solo style. Titles include "How High the Moon", "It Never Entered My Mind", "If You Could See Me Now", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Time On My Hands", and "You And The Night And Music". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerChet Baker & Strings ... CD
Columbia, Mid 50s. Used ... $4.99
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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Chet BakerChet Baker In New York ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... $5.99
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 24.99

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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 ... $14.99
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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Chico HamiltonTransfusion ... CD
Studio West, 1962. Used ... $6.99
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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Billy Larkin & The DelegatesOrgan Grooves & Soul Brothers – The Best Of Billy Larkin & The Delegates ... CD
Stateside/EMI (UK), 1960s. Used ... $28.99
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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✨✧ 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 ... $16.99
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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✨✧ Bud ShankLive At The Haig ... CD
Choice (UK), 1956. Used ... $14.99
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
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ShantiShanti ... CD
Atlantic/Real Gone, 1971. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
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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✨✧ Jack SheldonJack Sheldon – The Quartet & Quintet ... CD
Jazz West/Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $16.99
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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VariousAfrika Underground – Jazz, Funk, & Fusion Under Apartheid ... CD
Counterpoint (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy ... $3.99
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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VariousBeginner's Guide To Latin Jazz (3CD Box Set) ... CD
Nascente (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. New Copy 3 CDs ... $11.99
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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✨✧ VariousSo Blue So Funky – Heroes Of The Hammond Part 2 ... CD
Blue Note, 1960s/1970s. Used ... $4.99
11 more groovy organ tracks from the Blue Note catalog, with a few extra rare goodies thrown in from the Pacific Jazz one as well. Some nice rare ones that don't always show up, including "Street Scene" by Larry Young, "Minor Soul" by Johnny Lytle, "Morris The Minor" by Groove Holmes, "Where It's At" by Jimmy McGriff, "Meetin' Here" by Curtis Amy and Paul Bryant, "When Malindy Sings" by Freddie Roach, and "Can Heat" by Jimmy Smith. 11 tracks in all, and with lots of rare ones! CD
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✨✧ Mahavishnu OrchestraMahavishnu ... CD
Warner/Wounded Bird, 1984. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A very electric set from guitarist John McLaughlin – a date that has the leader playing a host of modern variations on the instrument, plus a synclavier as well – but always with the sense of creative imagination he brought to Mahavishnu work in years past! There's some slight undercurrent of earlier spirituality in the tunes, but the overwhelming vibe is that of 80s fusion modes – played in the company of Mitchell Forman on Fender Rhodes and other keyboards, Jonas Hellborg on electric bass, Bill Evans on tenor, and Billy Cobham on drums. Titles include "Radio Activity", "Jazz", "The Unbeliever", "Pacific Express", and "East Side West Side". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Laurindo Almeida & Bud ShankBrazilliance Vol 1 ... CD
World Pacific, 1953. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Landmark set of recordings cut for the Pacific Jazz label in the early 50s, and supposedly a major influence on the early bossa artists in Brazil! The tracks were cut by a quartet led by LA altoist Bud Shank, and featuring Brazilian guitarist Laurindo Almeida, who was living in LA at the time. The mix of alto and guitar, in a jazzy vein, but with Latiny rhythms, is very similar to the early bossa jazz recordings – and even more so to the later American ones by Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd. Supposedly, original 10" LPs of the material made their way to Brazil, and later influenced Jobim and Gilberto. Although we can't confirm that rumor entirely, you'll sure hear a similarity, and even if you don't, the stuff's still pretty darn great. Titles include "Terra Seca", "Amor Flamenco", "Atabaque", "No No", "Noctambulism", "Tocata", and "Carinoso". 15 cuts in all. CD
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✨✧ John FaheyOf Rivers & Religion/After The Ball ... CD
Reprise/BGO (UK), 1972/1973. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ 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
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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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✨✧ VariousSteppin To Jazz 2 ... CD
Steppin Muzak, 1990s. Used ... Out Of Stock
A very different sound here than the first volume in the series – one that goes strongly for a later take on R&B influenced soul jazz! There's a strong groove here for the steppers on the Windy City scene – a blend of jazzy soul and smoother jazz that's set together nicely without the too-slick spots that always clutter up other collections – and which represents the few modern tracks that were able to penetrate the mostly-dusty steppers scene back in the day. Production and overall instrumentation is relatively electric, even in the percussion, but there's always a few nice acoustic touches to round things out on the best tracks. Titles include "Mama Dadu" and "L'Amour" by Vodu 155, "Piano Groove" by Piano Negro, "Can We Try Again" by Braxton Brothers, "Soul Manifesto" by Rodney Jones, "Tik Tok (inst)" by Lorenzo Smith, "Laid Back" by Jerald Daemyon, "Modern Life" by Tom Saviano, "Pacific Love" by David Patterson, "Cycles Of Re-Elevation" by Michael McEvoy, "Forever's A Long Long Time" by Orquestra Wax, "Groovin In The Midnight (inst)" by Maxi Priest, and "Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is" by Grant Green. CD
 
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Digable PlanetsReachin' (A New Refutation Of Time & Space) ... CD
Pendulum/ERG, 1993. Used ... $2.99
An early 90s classic that set a new standard for post-Daisy Age jazzy hip hop. Includes "Where I'm From", "It's Good To Be Here", "What Cool Breezes Do", "Time & Space (A New Refutation Of)", "Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)", "Escapism (Gettin Free)", "Pacifics", "Appointment At The Fat Clinic", "Swoon Units", "Last Of The Spiddyocks", "Examination Of What", "Nickel Bags", and "Jimmi Diggin Cats". CD
Also available Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time & Space) ... CD 1.99

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✨✧ Digable PlanetsReachin' (A New Refutation Of Time & Space) ... CD
Pendulum/Elektra, 1993. Used ... $1.99
While it's pretty fair to say that the Digables would never have existed if not for the whole Native Tongue posse, they managed to take the aesthetic to a new level. This first LP's an early 90s classic that set a new standard for post-Daisy Age jazzy hip hop, with breezy jazzy production, and a mellow laid back rhyme style that dug into the abstract lyrical realm more than any of their predecessors. Still sounds fresh today, too. Includes "Where I'm From", "It's Good To Be Here", "What Cool Breezes Do", "Time & Space (A New Refutation Of)", "Rebirth Of Slick (Cool Like Dat)", "Escapism (Gettin Free)", "Pacifics", "Appointment At The Fat Clinic", "Swoon Units", "Last Of The Spiddyocks", "Examination Of What", "Nickel Bags", and "Jimmi Diggin Cats". CD
Also available Reachin' (A New Refutation Of Time & Space) ... CD 2.99
 
 
 



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