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✨✧ Chet Baker & Russ FreemanComplete Pacific Jazz Studio Recordings Of Chet Baker & Russ Freeman (3CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Early 50s. Used 3CDs ... $84.99
The trumpet of Chet Baker was hard pressed to find a better accompanist than the piano of Russ Freeman – and the pair made some incredible recordings during Baker's early years at Pacific Jazz. This lovely set by Mosaic brings together all of the recordings cut during the time, and although it includes a reasonable number of alternate takes, the bulk of the set is totally tight, totally together master recordings that show Baker in all his youthful power. There's a total of 3CDs in all, and the set's packaged with a booklet that provides good notes on the material. Tracks include "Imagination", "Russ Job", "Bea's Flat", "Love Nest", "Fan Tan", "Say When", "Lush Life", "Amblin", "The Thrill Is Gone (vocal)", and "But Not For Me". CD
(Out of print limited edition. Includes original book, box and all CDs with cases (two of which are still sealed) – in great shape!)

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✨✧ Clifford BrownComplete Blue Note & Pacific Jazz Recordings (4CD box set) ... CD
Blue Note/Pacific Jazz, Early 50s. Used 4 CDs ... Just Sold Out!
A great set, filled with excellent notes too! CD
(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 ... $7.99
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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Art PepperBest Of Art Pepper (Pacific Jazz pressing) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1950s. Used ... $5.99
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gerald WilsonComplete Pacific Jazz Recordings Of Gerald Wilson & His Orchestra (5CD set) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Mosaic, 1960s. Used 5CD ... $84.99
Wow! A motherloade of West Coast Big Band Soul Jazz! A 5 disc set spanning the entirety of the 60s collecting all of Gerald Wilson's extraordinary recordings for the Pacific Jazz and World Pacific labels: You Better Believe It, Moment Of Truth, Portraits, On Stage, Feelin Kinda Blues, The Golden Sword, Live & Swinging, Everywhere, California Soul and Eternal Equinox. As you can imagine, there's not nearly enough room here to get into all the sidemen and songs, but rest assured, this is one killer box of jazz, put together with the typical Mosaic attention to detail and notes! CD
(Out of print numbered limited edition pressing – Includes box, book, and CDs in their cases – all in good shape!)

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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 ... Out Of Stock
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(Out of print. Includes slipcase and booklet. Slipcase cover has a spot of peeled paper. Booklet has a small stain and tear.)
 
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Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersRitual ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1957. Used ... $13.99
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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Clifford BrownJazz Immortal ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Manhattan, 1954. Used ... $1.99
Seminal west coast recordings by Clifford Brown – recorded in LA in 1954, with a mixture of hard bop and lyricism, in that sparkling mode that Brownie left as his indelible imprint on the west coast scene of the 50s! Players include Bob Gordon on baritone, Stu Williamson on trombone, Zoot Sims on tenor, and Russ Freeman on piano – and Jack Montrose arranged the set. Titles include "Tiny Capers", "Bones For Jones", "Joy Spring", "Finders Keepers", and "Daahoud". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gil EvansGreat Jazz Standards ... CD
World Pacific, 1959. Used ... $4.99
A fantastic lost set from Evans – 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
(Out of print.)

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Jazz Corps with Roland KirkJazz Corps ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1966. Used ... $7.99
An unusual record, but a great one too – a set that mixes the offbeat reed work of Roland Kirk with some inventive ideas from a group of young west coast players! Some of the group members are names you'll recognize on their own from genre-crossing sessions for other labels – like vibist Lyn Blessing, and bassist Bill Plummer – both groovy talents whose touches really make the record sparkle – and the rest of the combo features trumpeter Tommy Peltier, drummer Maurice Miller, and reedman Freddy Rodriguez! And honestly, the whole thing's great, even without Kirk's help – but Roland's wit and creative energy really send the album home with work on tenor, flute, and stritch. Titles include "Harplyness", "Chalan Pago", "Le Blessing", and "Meanwhile". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersBest Of The Jazz Crusaders ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1960s. Used ... $7.99
A sweet little set of some of the Jazz Crusaders' best sides from the 60s – a hip swinging selection of short, tight, and very well played soul jazz numbers – grooving hard in a way that was very big with the jukebox and jazz AM crowd! The set list features a good mix of originals and covers – all expertly played with a tightly snapping groove that never misses a beat. Titles include "The Young Rabbits" and "Freedom Sound". CD
(Out of print. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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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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✨✧ Jazz CrusadersJazz Crusaders Live At The Lighthouse '68 (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/EMI, 1967. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the Jazz Crusaders many fantastic live sets from The Lighthouse – just about all of which are excellent, but '68 is a real standout! Perhaps the single feature that pushes this set above and beyond the others, is the beautiful longer tracks – ones have a spiritual soulful vibe that you don't always get from the group, particularly in comparatively dry studio settings. Those standout tracks include "Native Dancer" and "The Emperor", and they sit nicely next to straighter soul jazz tracks like the group's reading of "Eleanor Rigby" and "Ooga-Boo-Ga-Loo". This CD features four previously bonus tracks – including "Cathy The Cooker", "Shadows", "Tough Talk" and Third Principle". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Lighthouse '68 ... LP 8.99

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John LewisWest Coast – East Coast Encounter (Grand Encounter/Modern Jazz Sextet) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Verve/Gambit (Spain), 1956. Used ... $8.99
2 non-MJQ sessions from pianist John Lewis – both recorded in 1956, and both unusual one-off dates! The first half of the CD features work from the album Grand Encounter – originally recorded for Pacific Jazz, and a classic meeting of east and west coast artists of the third stream jazz sphere of the late 50s – one that features the team of John Lewis and Percy Heath of the Modern Jazz Quartet working alongside the west coast tenor of Bill Perkins, plus the guitar of Jim Hall and drums of Chico Hamilton! The whole album's got quite a unique feel – one that's as airy as that of the MJQ work of the time, but not nearly as academic or sleepy – thanks to a nice biting tone from Perkins' tenor, which really seems to stretch out in the space provided by Lewis. There's almost a similarly sublime quality here as on Lewis' album with Sacha Distel – Afternoon In Paris – which featured a similar use of space for great tenor sound (in that case, the tenor of Barney Wilen.) Titles include "2 Degrees East 3 Degrees West", "Easy Living", "Skylark", and "I Can't Get Started". The remaining material on the album is from a Verve album entitled Modern Jazz Sextet – a one-off studio group who are clearly listed here to cash in on the Modern Jazz Quartet's fame – and which combines 2 Modern Jazz Quartet members (John Lewis, Percy Heath) with 4 bop players (Dizzy, Sonny Stitt, Charlie Persip, Skeeter Best.) Given the presence of Dizzy and Stitt, there's a lot more soul here than you'd expect from an MJQ outing – and titles include 2 standards, in the usual Verve style – "Mean To Me" and a ballad medley of "Old Folks", "What's New" and "How Deep Is The Ocean" – plus 3 originals – "Blues For Bird", "Tour De Force", and "Dizzy Meets Sonny". CD
(Booklet is lightly wrinkled.)

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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 ... $49.99
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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Earl AnderzaOuta Sight ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Used ... $6.99
A lost treasure from the glory days of the LA soul jazz bop scene of the early 60s! Alto player Earl Anderza has this crazy tone that's unlike anything we've ever heard – and he plays with a calculated approach to atonality that hints at later work by Ayler and others – but which comes across here a lot more straight ahead. Unlike Ayler, Anderza is backed by a tight soul jazz combo that includes stunning work by pianist Jack Wilson, one of our all-time favorite players – working here on both straight piano and electric harpsichord – which has a very crazy sound! Other players include George Morrow and Jimmy Bond on bass, plus Donald Dean on drums – and titles include "Blues Baroque", "Freeway", "Benign", and a great version of Wilson's modal classic "Outa Sight"! Plus, this great CD reissue also includes 3 bonus cuts that weren't on the orignal album! CD
(Cutout notch through spine.)

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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 ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1954. Used ... $3.99
Looking for classic Chet Baker vocal tracks? This is the stuff! 14 tracks of haunting vocals by a young Chet, sung with small groups from the LA scene, and featuring trumpet solos next to his vocals. Titles include "That Old Feeling", "Look For The Silver Lining", "There Will Be Another You", and "I Get Along Without You Very Well". Every track is great, and these are the original vocal recordings that put Chet on the map! CD

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Chet BakerChet Baker Sings & Plays With Bud Shank, Russ Freeman & Strings ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1955. Used ... $4.99
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.)

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✨✧ Chet BakerYoung Chet ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... $0.99
... CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, mark through barcode, disc has a promo stamp.)

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Teddy EdwardsSunset Eyes (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1959/1960. Used ... $13.99
Teddy Edwards at the height of his powers – packing a tight, soulful punch that made him one of the most popular players on the west coast in the early 60s – and a great link between earlier R&B tenorists and the leaner sound of 60s jazz! Edwards has a nice gutbuckety tone at times – the qualities you might hear from Hank Crawford or David Newman in the way they blended their sounds – but the overall feel is leaner and cleaner, too – not many cliches, and a kind of straightforward sound that really shows the new inroads that the LA soul jazz scene was making at the time. The set features a shifting lineup – piano from Amos Trice, Joe Castro, and Ronnie Ball – bass from Leroy Vinnegar and Ben Tucker – and drums from Al Levitt and Billy Higgins – on titles that include a whopping batch of originals like "Teddy's Tune", "Tempo De Blues", "Vintage '57", "Sunset Eyes", and "Takin Off". Plus, this CD's got some great notes, excellent packaging, and even includes 3 unreleased bonus cuts! CD
(Out of print, West Coast Classics limited edition pressing.)

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Booker ErvinBooker 'N Brass ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1967. Used ... $9.99
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 ... $5.99
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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✨✧ Chico HamiltonChico Hamilton Quintet Featuring Buddy Collette ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1955. Used ... $9.99
An archetypal record from the west coast scene of the 50s – a sublime batch of lightly grooving numbers from Chico Hamilton's famous early Quintet! The power here really comes from a triad of three players – reedman Buddy Collette, mentioned in the title and playing flute, alto, tenor, and clarinet; guitarist Jim Hall, whose spacious use of his instrument set new standards with this record; and cellist Fred Katz, often an unsung hero whose gentle sound shapes really helped bring a sense of tone and color to the group. Also featured is bassist Carson Smith, giving the same great sensitive accompaniment here he did in Gerry Mulligan's early quartet – and Chico himself is on drums, of course, but often playing with unusual timings and touches that really make for a lot more than conventional rhythm! Titles include "Blue Sands", "The Sage", "A Nice Day", "Buddy Boo", and "Spectacular" – as well as "Free Form", which is totally improvised – although in a way that's very different from any 60's track that would have the same sort of name! CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Gerry MulliganGerry Mulligan Songbook Vol 1 (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Pacific Jazz (Japan), 1957. Used ... $6.99
Gerry Mulligan meets up with a great array of 50s modernists here – in specially setting dedicated to all Mulligan-penned compositions! Although a radical player himself on the baritone sax, Gerry also added something strong to the 50s jazz catalog with his great tunes from the early days – gently modern numbers that slowly became standards over the years, thanks to respect from other players. The best of these tracks are showcased here – played by Mulligan with a sax section that includes Zoot Sims on alto and tenor, Al Cohn on tenor and baritone, Lee Konitz on alto, and Allan Eager on alto and tenor. Rhythm is by the piano-less section of Freddie Green on guitar, Henry Grimes on bass, and Dave Bailey on drums – and titles include "Venus De Milo", "Revelation", "Sextet", "Turnstyle", "Four & One More", "Crazy Day", and "Disc Jockey Jump". CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe PassFor Django ... CD
Pacific Jazz/BGO (UK), 1964. Used ... $6.99
An album dedicated to the great Django Reinhardt – but one that also comes across with plenty of west coast touches! The format is somewhat Django-esque – with lead guitar work from Joe Pass, plus rhythm guitar support from John Pisano – creating some of the guitar interplay you'd have in a gypsy swing record – but the groove's also a bit more modern than some of Django's classics, and there's a lighter, breezier approach here that's very much in the mode of other Pass records from the 60s – at least the small group ones! Tracks include "Django", "For Django", "Fluer D'Ennui", "Django's Castle", and "Nuages". CD
 
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George BensonPacific Fire ... CD
CTI/King (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Unusual work from the great George Benson – a wonderful session that was recorded by CTI during George's classic years for the label – but issued only briefly a number of years later, and slightly lost amongst the rest of his catalog! The material's great, though – and has George in top form for the sweet 70s funk years – working with arrangements by Ronnie Foster and David Matthews – on tunes that also include keyboards by Foster and Bobby Lyle, trombone from Fred Wesley, saxes from David Sanborn, Joe Farrell, Michael Brecker, and Ronnie Cuber – and even a bit of additional guitar from Eric Gale! There's a nice mix of modes here – some tight funky cuts, some more flowing numbers, and even one more traditional jazz tune with a great vocal by George – on the classic "Moody's Mood For Love". Other titles include "Melodia Espanol", "Pacific Fire", "Em", "Bandoleros Caballa", "Let Your Love Come Out", and "Knock On Wood". CD
(Part of the CTI 50th Anniversary Special Collection!)
Also available Pacific Fire ... LP 8.99

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Elmer Bernstein/Chico HamiltonSweet Smell Of Success (with bonus track) ... CD
Decca/Verve, 1957. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
A jazz soundtrack double-header – one that features both the small combo and larger band version of the soundtrack to The Sweet Smell Of Success! Part of the CD features the Chico Hamilton Quintet's album of music – a wonderful bit of cinematic jazz from the 50s. The combo was a key part of the LA scene at the time, but are oddly featured as a regular club act in the movie's New York setting – but we'll gladly forgive that geographic error, given that the music on the set is so great. The quality's a bit like some of the Hamilton Quintet work on World Pacific – but there's a slightly freer, more urgent feel here too – work that's sometimes somewhat driving, and beautifully blended from the guitar of John Pisano, clarinet of Paul Horn, cello of Fred Katz, piano of Carson Smith, and drums from Chico. Side one features a lot of short incidental cuts – like "Susan", "Cheek To Chico", "Jam", and "Night Beat" – and side 2 is an extended "Concerto Of Jazz Themes From The Soundtrack Of Sweet Smell Of Success". The second half of the CD features the full orchestral version of the Sweet Smell Of Success soundtrack – but done in a style that's almost as jazzy and swinging as the small combo one! Elmer Bernstein's at the helm here – and the music's a wonderful pastiche of modes that's right up there with his sublime score for The Man With The Golden Arm – done in a similar blend of driving jazz, somber moments, and some slightly more raucous touches! As with that album, the players are all great – and soloists on the album include Pete Candoli, Ted Nash, and Shelly Manne – west coast players despite the New York setting of the film, and playing here with a fair bit of grit in their groove. Titles include "The Street", "Hot Dogs & Juice", "Toots Shor's Blues", "Nite Spot Rock", "Love Scene", and "Out Of Darkness". CD

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✨✧ Dupree BoltonFireball ... CD
Uptown, 1962/1963/1980. Used ... $11.99
An overlooked trumpeter finally gets his due – in this amazingly rich set dedicated to the work of the great Dupree Bolton! Bolton's best known for his early 60s hardbop sides with Harold Land and Curtis Amy – but this may well be the first album to be issued entirely under his own name, and is definitely the first to feature such a wealth of music and historical notes on Dupree's life and career! The package is tremendous – filled with copious notes and vintage photos, and featuring music from three different slices in time – all equally compelling. First up is material from a 1962 TV show, Frankly Jazz – featuring Bolton on trumpet, Curtis Amy on tenor, Ray Crawford on guitar, and Dolo Coker on piano – playing beautifully together with a very soulful sound, on titles that include "Summertime", "Katanga", "Blues For Amy", and "Laura". Next are 2 tracks from a lost Pacific Jazz session – featuring Bolton's trumpet with the angular alto of Earl Anderza, plus Hadley Caliman on tenor and Roosevelt Wardell on piano – on the titles "Midnite Lament" and "Joe & I". Last up is some of the most interesting material on the whole CD – a performance by the Oklahoma Prison Band in 1980, featuring Bolton on trumpet, with a hip group that includes Fender Rhodes, Latin percussion, tenor, alto, flute, and guitar! These titles have a slightly more modern soul jazz feel, but definitely live up to Bolton's legacy – and titles include "Shackle Blues", "Chano", "Monk's Tunnel", and "John's Tune". CD

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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 ... $26.99
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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Bob Gordon Quintet/SextetComplete Recordings featuring Herbie Harper & Jack Montrose ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1954/1955. Used 2 CDs ... $16.99
An incredible testament to the greatness of a near-lost figure from 50s west coast jazz – baritone saxophonist Bob Gordon, a player with a sound on his horn as strong as that of Gerry Mulligan at the time! The 2CD set brings together recordings made by Gordon for the Liberty, Pacific Jazz, Nocturne, and Atlantic labels – a few under his own name, and others done with trombonist Herbie Harper (Liberty & Nocturne), and in the company of tenorist Jack Montrose (Atlantic & Pacific Jazz) – a frequent partner on mid 50s sessions, and a pairing that was as great as that of the Zoot Sims and Al Cohn team of the time! Gordon's got an incredibly fluid feel on his horn – gentle like Mulligan, but with a rounded depth of tone that recalls Pepper Adams, and a sense of fluidity that reminds us a bit of Gil Melle. The first 11 tracks on the set feature Gordon in 2 groups with Harper's trombone, and the remaining 26 tracks document his strong pairing with Jack Montrose. And although Gordon's not at the top of the lists in the jazz history books, the material on this set is some of the best west coast jazz of the time – recorded with a thoughtful and modern approach to arrangement, but never too cool to be soulful. Titles include "Herbstone", "Babette", "Jive At Five", "Just George", "The News & The Weather", "A Little Dust", "April's Fool", "Dot's Groovy", "Paradox", "Meet Mr Gordon", "For Sue", "Onion Bottom", "Credo", "Pretty", "Fools Rush In", "Speakeasy", "That Old Feeling", and "Some Good Fun Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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IrakereLive At Ronnie Scott's ... CD
World Pacific, 1991. Used ... $4.99
The legendary Cuban jazz group, caught live before a very enthusiastic audience at London's Ronnie Scott's Club. Pianist Chucho Valdes is in great form, and he arranged and composed all the tracks on the set, including "Mr. Bruce", "Neurosis", and "Flute Notes". All tracks are nice and long, with a strong Latin jazz feel. CD
(Out of print.)

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Mondo GrossoNando Demo Atarashiku Umareru (with bonus DVD) ... CD
Avex (Japan), 2017. New Copy CD & DVD ... $36.99
It's been quite a long time since we last heard from Mondo Grosso – the Japanese project from Shinichi Osawa whose work was part of the same great wave of 90s Tokyo soul we loved from artists like Mondo Grosso, Kyoto Jazz Massive, and Monday Michiru! Yet, despite the passage of time, and a number of solo projects, too – Osawa is immediately back in fine fine form – delivering the sort of album that instantly bridges the Pacific with a wonderfully well-crafted batch of upbeat club music! Some of the familiar talents from that older scene are on deck to help give a voice to the Mondo Grosso music – singers Bird, UA, and Tica – alongside a few other guests vocalists who deliver soulful lyrics, mostly in Japanese – on tracks that include "See You Again", "Solitary", "Late Night Blue", "Time", "Eraser", and "Gold". Features a bonus DVD, with 4 tracks that include "Time", "See You Again", and two more Japanese-language titles. CD
(DVD is NTSC, Region 2.)

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Bud Shank & Shorty RogersCalifornia Concert (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1985. Used ... $6.99
The title and cover are an homage to the Pacific Jazz label live dates from LA in the 50s – and the music here does a good job of following suit as well! Altoist Bud Shank and trumpeter Shorty Rogers are reunited beautifully in an open-ended live setting – the kind of date that really recalls some of the music Bud, Shorty, and some of their contemporaries recorded many years back – although with perhaps a rhythmic undercurrent here that shows new depths in jazz explored during subsequent decades. Remaining group members include George Cables on piano, Monty Budwig on bass, and Sherman Ferguson on drums – and titles include "Kansas City Tango", "Makin Whoopee", "It's Sand Man", "Aurex", and "Mia". CD
(Out of print.)

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Midori Takada & Masahiko SatohLunar Cruise ... CD
RCA/WRWTFWW (Switzerland), 1990. New Copy ... $15.99
Beautiful beautiful work from this spare Japanese duo – Midori Takada on marimba, gong, bells, and drums – and Masahiko Satoh on piano and electronics! The pair work here in a style that's not quite jazz, but also not much like some of the other Japanese instrumental sounds of the 80s – not electronic, or needlessly avant – as there's a tuneful quality to the music that really delights our ears all the way through! We might link the approach a bit to soundtrack styles of the period – but again, there's maybe more of a sense of careful, personal performance going on here – even when the duo's sound is expanded by bass work from Harumi Hosono, and a bit of sax and bass clarinet from Kazutoki Umezu. The marimbas are especially nice – almost echoing older modes from Africa and the Pacific Islands – while also having a more compact presence. Titles include "Nahm", "Ancient Place", "In D", "Madorone", "Chang Dra", "Lunar Cruise", and "A Vanished Illusion". CD

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Jimmy WitherspoonSingin The Blues ... CD
World Pacific/Blue Note, 1958. Used ... $3.99
Jazzier stuff than usual for Jimmy – but that's probably because he's got backing group a group that includes Gerald Wilson, Teddy Edwards, Jimmy Allen, Hampton Hawes, and Harry Edison. David Axelrod – believe it or not – was the album's producer, and although the set sounds nothing like his later work at Capitol, the quality of the session shows his care with jazz from the early days onward. Titles include "All That's Good", "There's Good Rockin Tonight", "SK Blues", "Sweet's Blues", and "When I've Been Drinkin". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Singin The Blues ... LP 3.99

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✨✧ Buddy Collette & Chico HamiltonTanganyika ... CD
Dig/VSOP, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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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✨✧ Gerry MulliganLegends Live – Gerry Mulligan Sextet Liderhalle Stuttgart, November 22, 1977 ... CD
Jazz Haus (Germany), 1977. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great live side of Gerry Mulligan that we hardly ever get to hear – not vintage material from the 50s west coast, but a cool set of cuts from that time in the 70s when Mulligan was really opening up his sound – working here on both familiar baritone and fresh soprano sax, in a combo that also includes great vibes from Dave Samuels and guitar from Mike Santiago too! The tunes are loose and free – almost a later Stan Getz sort of approach, and quite a change from the tighter Gerry of earlier years – and the vibes are especially nice, and help bring a rhythmic pulse to the record that really works well with the soprano sax. Titles include "Satin Doll", "K4 Pacific", "Idol Gossip", "For An Unfinished Woman", "Line For Lyons" and more. CD

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✨✧ Mondo GrossoNando Demo Atarashiku Umareru ... CD
Avex (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
It's been quite a long time since we last heard from Mondo Grosso – the Japanese project from Shinichi Osawa whose work was part of the same great wave of 90s Tokyo soul we loved from artists like Mondo Grosso, Kyoto Jazz Massive, and Monday Michiru! Yet, despite the passage of time, and a number of solo projects, too – Osawa is immediately back in fine fine form – delivering the sort of album that instantly bridges the Pacific with a wonderfully well-crafted batch of upbeat club music! Some of the familiar talents from that older scene are on deck to help give a voice to the Mondo Grosso music – singers Bird, UA, and Tica – alongside a few other guests vocalists who deliver soulful lyrics, mostly in Japanese – on tracks that include "See You Again", "Solitary", "Late Night Blue", "Time", "Eraser", and "Gold". CD
Also available Nando Demo Atarashiku Umareru (with bonus DVD) ... CD 36.99

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✨✧ Kazutoki Kappo UmezuSeikatsu Kojyo Iinkai (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Off Note (Japan), 1975. New Copy ... 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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✨✧ Les McCannLes McCann Ltd Plays The Shampoo At The Village Gate/In New York ... CD
Fresh Sound (Spain), 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
The title track was most likely meant to be something of a hit for Les McCann back in his early Pacific Jazz years – and while it maybe didn't hit the heights of the charts at the time, it's still a great little cooker that leads off a tasty little set! The group here is Les' "Ltd" combo – with Ron Jefferson on drums and Herbie Lewis on bass – almost a west coast answer to the classic Ramsey Lewis group in Chicago, although one that plays here with a slightly more laidback sort of groove. Jefferson's rhythm is always a treat, and Herbie's bass is nice and sharp too – and tracks include some good originals by Les, including "The Shampoo", "Smile Stacey", "Someone Stole My Chitlins", "Filet Of Soul", and "You Thought I Knew" – plus versions of "Out Of This World" and "Woody N You". CD

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



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