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Freddie Gambrell with Paul HornMikado – A Jazz Interpretation By Freddie Gambrell ... LP LP format
World Pacific, 1959. Very Good ... $19.99
A wonderfully exotic set – thanks to unusual piano phrasing from Freddie Gambrell and hip reed lines from Paul Horn – plus percussion from Ray Mosca and Armando Peraza, bass from Ben Tucker, and guitar from Dempsey Wright! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing – very nice!)
 
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Dave BrubeckReunion ... LP LP format
Fantasy, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
Brubeck is reunited with tenorist David Van Kriedt, a key member of his early quintet, which first started making waves in San Francisco during the late 40s. The rest of the group includes Paul Desmond on alto, Joe Morello on drums, and Norm Bates on bass – and it's interesting to hear Brubeck writing for a 2-horn frontline, after having such familiarity with his single-horn famous quartet of the late 50s. Titles include "Darien Mode", "Pieta", "Leo's Place", and "Shouts". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red vinyl pressing. Cover has a Fantasy Stereo sticker on one corner.)

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James CottonJames Cotton Blues Band ... LP LP format
Verve, 1967. Very Good ... $14.99
Chicago blues, but plenty darn funky – recorded with a sharpness and tightness that shows a strong soul-based influence in the second-generation electric work of James Cotton's generation! The core group here features James on harmonica and vocals – backed by piano, guitar, bass, and drums – plus a great horn section that has a distinct Chess Records feel – no surprise, given that it features Gene Barge, Paul Serrano, and Louis Satterfield! The production is by Barry Goldberg and Mike Bloomfield – and they're clearly helping Cotton tighten up his groove – and almost hit some Atlantic soul-styled modes at times. Titles include "Knock On Wood", "Sweet Sixteen", "Feelin Good", "Off The Wall", "Good Time Charlie", "Turn On Your Lovelight", "Something On Your Mind", and "Don't Start Me Talkin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Forecast pressing. Cover has some wear, some staining, a peeled mark from sticker removal, and a cutout imprint)

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Duke EllingtonDuke Ellington Presents ... CD CD format
Bethlehem, 1956. New Copy ... $5.99 9.99
An excellent and oft-overlooked 50s session from Duke – recorded in Chicago as a one-off for the Bethlehem label, and done with a lush, rich sound that's really tremendous! The group's nicely restrained and very moody – playing here in a mellow late nite mode that offers a good focus on the best horn soloists in the group, yet which also really hangs together perfectly from the slow-moving and eerie tone of the rest of the group. Jimmy Grissom sings a bit on the set, and other players include Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Cat Anderson, and Ray Nance – on tracks that include "Day Dream", "Blues", "Frustration", "My Funny Valentine", and "Laura". CD

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Chico HamiltonChico Hamilton Quintet (Pacific Jazz 1225) ... LP LP format
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Very Good ... $18.99
A classic from the west coast scene of the 50s – and not to be confused with other similar-titled Chico Hamilton albums at the time! This one sports an abstract painting on the cover, and was recorded in 1956 at the Forum Theater in Los Angeles – not live, but using the space as a very open-sounding studio – with really amazing results! The lineup features Hamilton on drums, Paul Horn on alto and tenor sax and clarinet, John Pisano on guitar, Fred Katz on cello and Carson Smith on bass – kind of a second-generation of Hamilton's group, with Horn taking over wonderfully from Buddy Collette, and playing with even more sensitivity than before. The work's very much in Hamilton's best sprightly chamber jazz mode – with some great originals that include "Chanel #5", "Beanstalk", "Mr. Jo Jones", and "Reflections" – plus Hamilton-ized versions of "Satin Doll", "Caravan", "Soft Winds", "Siete-Cuatro", "I Know", and "Lillian". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Pacific Jazz pressing, with a deep groove. Cover has light wear, some light stains, two stickers, some seam splitting, and tape on the top seam.)

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Eddie HigginsEddie Higgins ... LP LP format
Vee Jay, 1961. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Early genius from Eddie Higgins – a pianist who was a big thing on the Chicago scene of the 60s, but is probably best known to most folks for his revival records of the past decade or two! The younger Higgins has more of an edge than the later one – and this self-titled debut is a cooker of a hardbop album – thanks not only to work from Eddie's core trio, but also some great horn interplay from Frank Foster on tenor and Paul Seranno on trumpet! Eddie wrote some of the best cuts on the record – some really fresh numbers – and he gets rhythmic help from either Richard Evans or Jim Atlas on bass, and Marshall Thompson on drums. Higgins titles include "Foot's Bag", "Zarac The Evil One", and "AB's Blues" – and the album also features versions of "Blues For Big Scotia" and "Falling In Love With Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing with deep groove.)

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Fred Katz/Chico HamiltonZen – The Music Of Fred Katz ... LP LP format
Pacific Jazz/So Far Out (UK), 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $25.99
An important early album of compositions by Fred Katz – recorded at the time when he was the cello player in Chico Hamilton's groundbreaking late 50s group! The tunes are distinctly more modern than even his work with Chico – and are played by Hamilton-esque players that include Paul Horn or Harry Klee on flute and saxes, Carson Smith on bass, John Pisano on guitar, and Chico himself on drums and tympani. There's some added strings and woodwinds on a number of tracks, and the tunes move between 50s chamber jazz and 50s chamber modern – with titles that include "Montuna", "Katz Up", "Loma", "Pluck It", "Lord Randall", and "Suite For Horn". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Barney KesselBreakfast At Tiffany's/Bossa Nova/Contemporary Jazz-Latin Rhythms ... CD CD format
Collectables/Reprise, Early 60s. Used 2CD ... $9.99
A groovy groovy treat – 3 of Barney Kessel's best 60s albums on one 2CD set! Breakfast At Tiffany's has Barney playing the best bits of Mancini's great score from the soundtrack – working with a cool little group that features horn work by both Bud Shank and Paul Horn, both of whom provide some wonderful finishes on the top! Bossa Nova is a really tasty set of big band bossa nova numbers – arranged with a hard-swinging LA edge by Bob Florence and Chuck Sagle – and Contemporary Latin Rhythms is kind of a blend of both sets, with Barney back in the company of some jazzy LA hipsters, working through some great Latin-tinged numbers in a very cool style! There's a total of 34 tracks between the 2 CDs – and titles include "One Note Samba", "Love", "Everytime I Hear This Song", "Jada", "Summertime", "Sally's Tomato", "Mr Yunioshi", "The Big Heist", and "Moon River Cha Cha". CD

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Bill MarxJazz Kaleidosope ... LP LP format
Vee Jay, Early 60s. Very Good ... $6.99
The son of Harpo Marx lays down some groovy west coast jazz – in a combo that also includes Paul Horn on flute and alto, Jack Sheldon on trumpet, and Larry Bunker on vibes – plus great rhythms from James Bond on bass and Lawrence Marable on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear, some seam splitting, and a couple of pieces of tape, with some pen and stains on the back.)

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Blue MitchellCollision In Black ... LP LP format
Blue Note, 1969. Very Good- ... $9.99
An excellent pairing of funk talents – the tight trumpet of Blue Mitchell, and the super-soulful backings of Monk Higgins! Higgins has a groove that was schooled in the funky 45 underground of Chicago – and here, he really finds a great way to pick things up for Mitchell – relieving him of the duties of being a leader on his own, and coming up with tight jams that then let Blue step out as the main solo talent! Other players include Paul Humphrey on drums, Anthony Ortega on tenor, Jim Horn and Ernie Watts on flute, and Monk Higgins himself on organ, tenor, and piano! The whole thing's a great jam, and includes many tasty cuts, like "Deeper In Black", "Jo Ju Ja", "Blue On Black", "Monkin Around", and "Keep Your Soul". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Liberty pressing. Cover has light wear, some light stains, and a promo stamp on the back.)

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PtarmiganPtarmigan ... LP LP format
Lion, 1974. New Copy ... $18.99
A beautifully tripped out little record from Canada – produced by Paul Horn in his more hippieish years, and with some nice jazzy undercurrents that certainly show his influence! The tracks here are all quite long and stretched out – showing a bit of an Eastern influence in their construction, and using bits of wispy guitar and some especially great flute-like work on recorder! Much of the instrumentation is acoustic, and there's a definite folksy feel to some numbers – but more in a folk funk sort of way, thanks to the jazzier phrasing used on the recorders, and the strong sense of rhythm on most numbers. Titles include "Night Of The Gulls", "Go Dancing", "The Island", "Vancouver", "Coquilhalla", and "A Hymn To The Ocean". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500 copies!)

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Pete RugoloBehind Brigitte Bardot ... LP LP format
Warner/Doxy, 1960. New Copy (reissue)... $23.99
A very cool record! The album's sort of an American tribute to the emerging French sex goddess Brigitte Bardot – one that features a gatefold cover with a wraparound photo of Brigitte, and some nice images on the inside. Music on the set is by Pete Rugolo – the master arranger who'd worked with June Christy, Stan Kenton, and others – and although Bardot doesn't sing or even make an appearance on the set, Pete does more than enough of a good job of conjuring up her presence with a good selection of jazzy tunes. Players include Pete Candoli and Jack Sheldon on trumpets, Frank Rosolino on trombone, Paul Horn and Bud Shank on reeds, and Laurindo Almeida on guitar. Gloria Wood sings on one track – and titles include "Arsenic Blues", "Paris BB", "Jeff's Blues", "Mambo Bardot", "A T'Aimer", and "The Night Heaven Fell". LP, Vinyl record album

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New Russian Jazz QuartetHappiness ... LP LP format
Impulse, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $24.99
The one and only album recorded by the Russian Jazz Quartet – a one-off group that featured saxophonist Boris Midney and bassist Igor Berukshtis, both of whom defected from the Soviet Union – plus Roger Kellaway on piano and Grady Tate on drums. (Guess they couldn't call this the "Half-Russian Jazz Quartet"!) The strongest suit of the recording is Boris Midney, who plays alto sax and clarinet in a modern yet swinging style – following nicely on the heels of players like Jimmy Giuffre, Paul Horn, and Paul Winter. Like all three of the above, Midney also has a talent for writing – and contributed a few strong tunes to the set, numbers that have a bit of a modal groove and an undercurrent of sadness that makes them more compelling than you might think. Titles include "Composition In The Form Of Blues", "Waltz", "Remember", "Journey From Moscow", and "Dedication To MJQ". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original orange & black label pressing, in beautiful shape!)

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Sonny Stitt & Paul GonsalvesSalt & Pepper ... CD CD format
Impulse (Japan), 1963. Used ... $13.99
Head to head blowing from Sonny Sitt and Paul Gonsalves – just the kind of twin-horn performance that Stitt was famous for in his live battle days, and one that also reminds us that Gonsalves can be a very loose swinger when he wants to be! The tracks are all long, and played with the sort of feel you'd hear if you caught these guys live at some small southside club – and the solos also show the kind of inventiveness and imagination you'd catch in that sort of setting – backed by a swinging rhythm combo that features Hank Jones on piano, Milt Hinton on bass, and Osie Johnson on drums. Titles include a version of "Perdido" that's nearly 13 minutes long – plus "Stardust", "Sposin", "Salt & Pepper", and "Theme From Lord Of The Flies". CD
(Super Audio CD pressing.)

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New Cal TjaderWest Side Story (second cover) ... LP LP format
Fantasy, Early 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
A really great reading of the West Side Story score – one that's better than most of the other ones floating around from the time! Of course, part of the reason for that is because the session's got some super-hip scoring from the great Clare Fischer – just starting out here, but doing excellent work with Cal, and also playing a bit of piano on the set. Other players include usual suspects like Paul Horn, Willie Bobo, and Lonnie Hewitt – and although the tracks are familiar, they're nicely transformed by the strength of the arrangement and work on vibes and piano. Titles include "Tonight", "Maria", "Jet Song", and "Something's Coming". LP, Vinyl record album
(Brown label pressing.)

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VariousMovements Vol 2 – 15 Deep Funk Pearls Compiled By Tobias Kirmayer ... CD CD format
Perfect Toy (Germany), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy ... $6.99
A second turn in the Movements series on the Perfect Toy label – some of the most blazingly funky 45s you'll hear – put together by the Tobias Kirmayer of Tramp Records! Once again we're floored by how great all of this stuff sounds – some of the deepest, tightest funk material we've ever heard – with snapping drums, perfectly timed horn blasts – and some hard psychedelic soul touches of organ and wailing vocals – while never falling short of unfailingly funky! 15 great tracks: "If It Feels Good" by Phil Flowers, "There's A Wrinkle In Our Time" by 1984, "Don't Chain My Soul" by Carlton Basco, "My Mind Set Me Free Pt 1" by House Guests, "Now Is The Time" by Sisters Love, "Southern Fried Chicken Pts 1 & 2" by Bill Thomas & The Fendells, "Warm Daddy's Choice" by River Front Band, "Bring Out Yourself" by Emperors Soul 69, "Bahama Soul Stew" by Funky Nassau, "Motherless Child" by Harmonica Paul, "Arabian Funk" by Ray Anthony and more! CD

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PtarmiganPtarmigan ... CD CD format
Lion, 1972. New Copy ... Mid-March, 2015
A beautifully tripped out little record from Canada – produced by Paul Horn in his more hippieish years, and with some nice jazzy undercurrents that certainly show his influence! The tracks here are all quite long and stretched out – showing a bit of an Eastern influence in their construction, and using bits of wispy guitar and some especially great flute-like work on recorder! Much of the instrumentation is acoustic, and there's a definite folksy feel to some numbers – but more in a folk funk sort of way, thanks to the jazzier phrasing used on the recorders, and the strong sense of rhythm on most numbers. Titles include "Night Of The Gulls", "Go Dancing", "The Island", "Vancouver", "Coquilhalla", and "A Hymn To The Ocean". CD
Also available Ptarmigan ... LP 18.99

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New Ray BrownJazz Cello ... LP LP format
Verve, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The great bassist Ray Brown proves that any instrument can swing – here picking up a cello, and grooving wonderfully in a very warm setting! The album features arrangements by Russ Garcia – slightly modern, and with lots of space, so that Ray can play both bass and cello with room to stretch out in complicated solos that might have gotten buried under larger backings. Other players include Don Fagerquist, Paul Horn, Bob Cooper, and Jimmy Rowles – and titles include "Rosalie", "Alice Blue Gown", "Tangerine", "That Old Feeling", and "Memories Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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New Dave BrubeckReunion (cartoon cover) ... LP LP format
Fantasy, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brubeck is reunited with tenorist David Van Kriedt, a key member of his early quintet, which first started making waves in San Francisco during the late 40s. The rest of the group includes Paul Desmond on alto, Joe Morello on drums, and Norm Bates on bass – and it's interesting to hear Brubeck writing for a 2-horn frontline, after having such familiarity with his single-horn famous quartet of the late 50s. Titles include "Darien Mode", "Pieta", "Leo's Place", and "Shouts". Obscure pressing – with a great Arnold Roth cover! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue vinyl pressing! Cover is great!)

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New Duke EllingtonGreat Paris Concert ... CD CD format
Atlantic, 1963. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Did Ellington ever record in concert and it not be great? This wonderful double-length set from the 60s is key proof of his genius in an unfettered live setting – recorded in Paris in 1963 with plenty of dark edges! The tracks are short overall, but Duke's really at the head of the group on piano – playing with those angular, modern tones he picked up in the post Money Jungle years – and clearly in charge of the group from the keyboard, not the podium. Horn players include Harry Carney, Ray Nance, Lwarence Brown, Cootie Williams, Johnny Hodges, and Paul Gonsalves – all bringing in some special tones and unique performances to an extended set list that includes both Ellington standards and a few lesser-known numbers. Titles include "Rockin In Rhythm", "Concerto For Cootie", "Suite Thursday", "Tone Parallel To Harlem", "Bula", "Cop Out", "Happy Go Lucky Local", "Theme From Asphalt Jungle", and "Star-Crossed Lovers". CD
(Out of print.)

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New Charlie HadenLiberation Music Orchestra ... LP LP format
Impulse, 1969. Used Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful albums that Charlie Haden ever recorded – and if he only ever appeared on one record in his life, we'd still love him tremendously for this one! The album has a feel that's very much in keeping with both the "liberation" and "orchestra" in the title – "liberation", in that the music is filled with inspiration from South American sources, and has a strongly political feel at times; and "orchestra" because the group here is somewhat large, and filled with a tremendous array of expressive players – including Gato Barbieri on tenor, Dewey Redman on alto and tenor, Don Cherry on cornet and flutes, Michael Mantler on trumpet, Roswell Rudd on trombone, Robert Northern on French horn, Paul Motian and Andrew Cyrille on percussion, Carla Bley on piano, and Perry Robinson on clarinet. Haden leads these disparate talents through a set of tremendously focused music – filled with as many ideas as it is with a sense of humanity and soul – all to brilliantly point the way forward for the new sound of Impulse Records in the years after Coltrane's death! Titles include the classic "Song For Che", plus Ornette's "War Orphans", Carla Bley's "The Interlude", and "Song Of The United Front", by Hans Eisler, and with words by Brecht! LP, Vinyl record album
(Rainbow label pressing in amazing shape!)
 
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New De La SoulArt Official Intelligence: Bionix – Edited Version ... LP LP format
Tommy Boy, 2001. Very Good+ 2LP ... $9.99
Their most consistent batch in years! It's been a little difficult to tell at times over the past few years if De La Soul has been trying harder to please their critics, or simply finally being true to themselves by expelling all traces of the perceived hippy-isms of their earlier work. The answer is probably somewhere in between, but leaning towards their autonomy. They've been a new group all together since Stakes Is High, and Bionix is certainly their best work since, with the Wu Tang-like piano driven beat of the title track, the catchy soul of "Baby Phat" and "Simply", both of which should be nice club hits, and more than a few subtle nods to the Prince Paul years, especially on the "Simply Havin" interlude. "What We Do (For Love)" makes great use of a Slick Rick guest spot – complete with the horny fanfare. Cee-Lo shows up on "Held Down", and B-Real appears on "Peer Pressure" – both of which suggest that De La spent a little time in Stankonia last year. Other tracks include "Watch Out", "Special", "The Sauce" and "Trying People". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Tom Harrell with Esperanza SpauldingColors Of A Dream ... CD CD format
High Note, 2013. New Copy ... $9.99 16.98
A beautiful beautiful set from trumpeter Tom Harrell – a record that goes even beyond his other recent gems – and that's saying a lot, given how much we love those albums! The combo on the record features some key vocal work from Esperanza Spaulding – who's sounding quite different here than her more recent sides, and has moved back to using her vocals more like an instrument – soaring out soulfully in a sharp lineup that includes Tom's trumpet and flugelhorn, Jaleel Shaw's alto, and Wayne Escoffery's tenor! This side of Spaulding is really wonderful – and really helps realize the deeper tones and ideas in Tom's wonderful compositions for the record – a set of tunes that include "Velejar", "Phantasy In Latin", "Tango", "State", "Seventy", "Blues 2013", and "Family". CD

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Richard Groove HolmesX-77 – Recorded Live At The Lighthouse ... LP LP format
World Pacific, Late 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $5.99
Nice live session that features Groove on a competing organ to the classic Hammond B-3 – the Hammond X-77. The sound is pretty much the same, though, despite the album's tag as a showcase for the instrument. The album is, though, a great live set featuring Groove smokin' along on tracks like "Loping", "Licks Aplenty", "Heavy Groove", and "Polk Salad Annie" – and with a band that includes Paul Humphrey on drums and Thornel Schwartz on guitar. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, some light wear and a small stain inside of the gatefold.)

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Jimmy LyonsComplete Black Saint/Soul Note Recordings (Wee Sneezawee/Give It Up/Burnt Offering/Nuba/Something In Return) (5CD box set) ... CD CD format
Black Saint (Italy), 1980s. New Copy 5CD ... $55.99
A great run of music from Jimmy Lyons – some of his most important albums as a leader! First up is Wee Sneezawee – the kind of work that makes you love the Black Saint label for giving players like Jimmy Lyons a chance to still express themselves this way! Lyons is in wonderful form throughout – blowing with all the sharp tones that you'd know from his work with Cecil Taylor, but also bringing in a bit more structure too – kind of shaping a coherent sound out of an infinite array of possible actions – any of which seem possible at any moment, given the dynamic energy of the group! Other players include William Parker on bass, Paul Murphy on drums, Karen Borca on bassoon, and Raphe Malik on trumpet – and tracks include "Wee Sneezawee", "Gossip", "Shackinback", "Remembrance", and "Driads". On Give It Up, Jimmy Lyons is wonderful, but equally great is trumpeter Enrico Rava – whose bold tones on the record easily match those of Lyons in terms of energy and inventiveness! The format is relatively free – although some tunes have a bit of an inside swing, at least more so than Lyons' work with Cecil Taylor – and other players include Karen Borca on bassoon, Jay Oliver on bass, and Paul Murphy on drums. Titles include the long workouts "Methods", "Never", and "Give It Up" – plus the shorter tune "Ballada". Burnt Offering features great duets between Jimmy Lyons on alto and Andrew Cyrille on percussion – and titles include "Popp A", "Exotique", and "Burnt Offering". Nuba is a compelling collaboration between percussionist Andrew Cyrille, vocalist Jeanne Lee, and alto saxophonist Jimmy Lyons – one of the freer sessions on the Black Saint label, and one of the most striking as well! Cyrille handles a wide range of percussion – and also a few whistles too – and he really sets the tone with his open, expressive approach to his instruments – almost more melodic at points than rhythmic, with echoes of African roots that come through more strongly than on some of his other albums. Most numbers are pretty spare, and titles include "Nuba 1", "Cornbread Picnic (Maize)", "The One Before Zero", "JJ & A", "In These Last Days", "Sorry", and "Nuba 2". Something In Return is another set of duets between Lyns and Andrew Cyrille! While working in Cecil Taylor's group, Cyrille and Lyons developed a wonderful interplay and dynamic, which can be felt in full effect on this wonderful duo recording, where they approach mostly original material, but also take on Strayhorn's "Take The A Train". Also includes the title track "Lorry", "JL", "Nuba" and "Fragments I". CD

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Louis Moholo Moholo's Viva La BlackExile ... CD CD format
Ogun (UK), 1990/1991. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99
Brilliant recordings from drummer Louis Moholo – done at a time when he was one of the few surviving members of the legendary Blue Notes – working here with his Viva La Black combo, in a sound that has a similar mix of South African roots and European avant modes! The material's from the mid 90s, and is incredibly strong – a great reminder that in the right corners of the UK scene, there was still some plenty righteous jazz going down – rich in spirit and soul, and let loose with a great sense of freedom on the solos! In addition to Moholo's percussion, the group also features Sean Bergin on tenor and flute, Steve Williamson on tenor and alto, Claude Deppa on trumpet and flugelhorn, Frank Douglas on guitar, Paul Rogers on bass, and Thebe Lipere on percussion – and although the music was recorded in the studio, it definitely has the energy of a freewheeling live performance. Titles include "Plastic Bag", "Visions", "Dudu Pukwana", "Kwa Langa Kumandi", "Wathinta Amadoda", and "For The Blue Notes". CD

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Alphonse MouzonMorning Sun ... LP LP format
PA USA, 1981. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Funky drummer Alphonse Mouzon makes the move from heavy fusion into smooth modern soul – and unlike later, weaker efforts, this one sparkles with a strong blend of smooth jazz, 80s groove, and some nice mellow production. Players include Herbie Hancock, Paul Jackson Jr, Lee Ritenour, and Freddie Hubbard – plus the Seawind Horns, a good match, as the album's got a similar feel to some of the best work by Seawind. Titles include "Tell Me", "If Tomorrow Comes", "I'm Glad That You're Here", "Just Because of You", and "Morning Sun". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has moderate wear.)

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Spontaneous Music EnsembleChallenge 1966 to 1967 ... CD CD format
Eyemark/Emanem (UK), 1966/1967. New Copy ... $16.99 19.99
Amazing free jazz from the British scene of the mid 60s – some of the earliest rumblings of genius from the Spontaneous Music Ensemble – already working here at a level that matches the avant energy happening both in the US and on the larger European scene! Core interplay here comes from Paul Rutherford on trombone, John Stevens on drums, and Trevor Watts on alto sax – three well-matched and familiar players who are able to improvise at a level that's quite mature, especially for the time – let loose, but never without a sense of direction – and given great help on most tracks by Kenny Wheeler on flugelhorn, plus a bit of bass from either Jeff Clyne or Bruce Cale. The whole thing's amazing – really bridging a modern world of Ornette Coleman and Joe Harriott with some of the later FMP-styled sounds that would come from the continent – and titles include "ED's Message", "2B Ornette", "Day Of Reckoning", "Travelling Together", "Club 66", and "After Listening". CD features the unissued "End To A Beginning" – plus the bonus 15 minute "Distant Little Soil", by a group that has Evan Parker on soprano sax and Chris Cambridge on bass, working with Watts and Stevens. CD

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Stanley TurrentineRough & Tumble ... LP LP format
Blue Note, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $38.99
A great album – with a really swinging groove! Stanley's soulful horn is set in a slightly larger group, in the style that would dominate his later years for the Blue Note label. Duke Pearson arranged the set, and players include James Spaulding, Blue Mitchell, Grant Green, Pepper Adams, and McCoy Tyner. Tracks are of medium length, with Stan blowing some nicely-pinched solos on titles like "Shake", "Walk On By", and "And Satisfy" – all with tight arrangements by Pearson. LP, Vinyl record album
(New York mono pressing. Cover has light aging, some wear along the top seam and a promo ink stamp.)

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New Duke EllingtonEllington Uptown ... LP LP format
Columbia, 1952. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gray label Masterworks pressing. Cover has a split top seam, half split bottom seam, and a small name in pen on back.)

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New John Coltrane & Hank MobleyTenor Conclave ... LP LP format
Prestige, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tenors can't get any more conclaved than this – as the record brings together 4 players on the instrument in a great match from 2 of the best sides of 50s jazz! John Coltrane and Hank Mobley represent the more open, soulful side of the spectrum – and Al Cohn and Zoot Sims the tighter, more smartly arranged aspect. Together, the quartet of horns work in an open-ended blowing mode with rhythm by Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Art Taylor – in a way that almost makes the set a "Coltrane plus" album for Prestige – one that has the structure of some of the best Trane/Garland sides for the label, but which blows in some other horns with different voicings. If you ever needed a record to demonstrate the subtler shadings of genius within 50s modern jazz, yet still convince you that it could also be relaxed and spontaneous, this record may well be the one. Titles include 2 standards – "Just You, Just Me" and "How Deep Is The Ocean" – plus 2 Mobley originals – "Tenor Conclave" and "Bob's Boys". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing.)

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New Duke EllingtonEllington Uptown ... CD CD format
Columbia/Legacy, 1952. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". CD

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New Duke EllingtonHi Fi Ellington Uptown ... CD CD format
Columbia (Japan), 1952. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus "The Controversial Suite". CD

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New Duke EllingtonSuch Sweet Thunder ... LP LP format
Columbia, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Excellent Duke Ellington work from the late 50s – written and recorded during a period in which he was reemerging with a stronger jazz vision than ever before! The set was written by Ellington and Strayhorn – and dedicated to the Shakespeare Festival in Stratford, Ontario – but forget the Bard-inspired roots of the tracks, because the shimmering moods of the pieces is pure Ellington – with a richness of feeling that's totally great, and a sound that's wonderfully fresh, given that most of these numbers aren't overplayed Ellington compositions! Players include Cat Anderson and Clark Terry on trumpets, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, and Johnny Hodges on alto – and titles include "The Telecasters", "Circle Of Fourths", "Sonnet For Caesar", "Sonnet To Hank Cinq", and "Such Sweet Thunder". LP, Vinyl record album
(6 eye pressing with deep groove. Cover has a sticker on one corner.)

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New Wynton KellyWynton Kelly Trio – Complete Vee Jay Studio Recordings (Wynton Kelly At Midnite/Wynton Kelly/Go) ... CD CD format
Vee Jay/Phoenix (Spain), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The complete trio recordings by Wynton Kelly for Vee Jay – pulled from 3 different albums, and also including a host of alternate takes as well! One of the main albums here is Kelly At Midnite – a moody, mellow late nite session – just spare trio material by Wynton, played in a group that features Paul Chambers on bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums! The titles are all nice and long – and really let Kelly stretch out on the keys – working in a mode that's lyrical and soulful – on a set of titles that include include Babs Gonzales' "Weird Lullaby", plus "Skatin", "Temperance", "On Stage", and "Pot Luck". Next up is the self-titled Wynton Kelly album for the label – straight-ahead trio material from Wynton, played by a trio that includes Jimmy Cobbs on drums, and either Sam Jones or Paul Chambers on bass. The tunes aren't anything special, but Kelly brings a nice mix of soul jazz and lyricism to the recording, serving up some nicely crafted moments in small doses. Titles include "Joe's Avenue", "Sassy", "Love, I've Found You", and "Autumn Leaves". Added to these titles is 1 more from the Paul Chambers album Go – a session that mostly features horns, but which also includes a trio track with Chambers and Cobb – "Dear Ann". 2CD set also features 13 more alternate takes – a total of 29 tracks in all! CD

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New Tony Scott & Bill EvansDay In New York ... CD CD format
Fresh Sound (Switzerland), 1957. Used 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Some of the first true genius from Tony Scott – and a real treat for Bill Evans fans too! The 2CD set features sessions that were originally issued on an obscure record on the Carlton label, but also includes a lot of other sides that never saw the light of day at the time – and which really expand our understanding of both Scott and Evans at this point in their careers. Scott plays mostly clarinet on the session, plus a bit of baritone sax – in styles that range from boppish to sparer, more modern lines – almost a bit like those of Jimmy Giuffre on some of his better work of the mid 50s. Evans' piano is a bit more forceful than on some of his other records from the time, and the rhythm section of the group features either Henry Grimes or Milt Hinton on bass, and Paul Motian on drums. Some tracks feature additional horns by Clark Terry, Jimmy Knepper, and Sahib Shihab –a nd titles include "Portrait Of Ravi", "I Remember You", "Five", "The Explorer", "Villa Jazz", "Franzy Pants", "For Pete's Sake", "Third Moon", "Blues For Five", and "The Chant". CD

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New Wayne ShorterAll Seeing Eye (RVG remaster edition) ... CD CD format
Blue Note, 1965. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent set of some fairly out material – performed by Shorter with a group that includes Freddie Hubbard, Grachan Moncur, James Spaulding, Herbie Hancock, and a rare appearance by his brother Alan on flugelhorn! At times, the record builds into a sound that's freer and more challenging than on some of Shorter's other albums from the time – but it does so in more of the "new thing" mode that you'd hear on records from the time by Jackie McLean or Moncur, with an overall sense of purpose that really keeps the message clear. Features all original compositions by the Shorter brothers – and cuts include "Chaos", "Face Of The Deep", "Mephistopheles", and "Genesis". CD

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New VariousKeb Darge & Paul Weller Present Lost & Found – Real R&B Sound ... CD CD format
BBE (UK), Late 50s/1960s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic compilation of stirring soul, raw r&b, and all around amazing group and solo numbers from the first wave years of the 50s onward into the 70s – put together by impeccable taste maker Keb Darge and the unstoppable, soul reverent Paul Weller! This second Lost & Found set from BBE picks up on strains of the original set, which was compiled by Darge & Cut Chemist and focused on jump blues & rockabilly. This one touches on the former, but brings in boundless soul numbers in place of the latter, from stripped down r&b, to soaring group soul harmonies, to more arranged numbers that still carry a gritty soul spirit. 15 selections by Keb Darge and 13 selections by Paul Weller for 28 tracks in all! Darge's choice selections include "They Call Me Big Momma" by Big Mama Thornton, "Come On Back" by Brothers Of Soul, "You Don't Love Me" by Epitome Of Sound", "A Dream" by The Creations, "I Want You" by The Cadets, "Don't Forget To Remember" by The Great Experience and more. Paul Weller's choice jams include "Hang On There" by The Intruders, "All I Do Is Think About You" by Tammi Terrell, "Wear It On Your Face" by The Dells, "Ain't No Big Thing" by The Radiants, "The Ice-Man" by Billy Watkins, "I Got Love If You Want It" by Slim Harpo and more. CD

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New Seu JorgeCarolina ... LP LP format
Mr Bongo (UK), 2002. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
A HUGE batch of samba-soul grooves from Seu Jorge! Jorge previously knocked around Brazil as a member of the late 90s pop group Farofa Carioca, but his first solo outing is a massive step forward into the upper echelon of the Brazilian scene! Like the best of his contemporaries, Jorge uses the rich history of samba and bossa as a springboard – but it's the pronounced contemporary qualities, such as production and mix work by Beastie Boy producer Mario Caldato – that push Carolina way over the top and make it much more than a genre exercise! The title track echoes the earlier work of Jorge Ben, who actually pens the reggae-inflected tune "Em Nagoya Eu Vi Eriko", and the tracks "Mangueira" and "O Samba Tai" have the classic samba groove and crisp background vocals that would sound right in place on Tom Ze's Se O Caso E Chorar. "Hagua" has a deep reggae thump, and nearly everything here has kind of a 70s soul feel thanks to some bright, almost Kool & The Gang-like horn arrangements! The group includes Azymuth drummer Mamao, Paulinho Black on bass, Banda Black Rio's William Magalhaes on keyboards, and Josimar Monteiro on violin. Another great new solo artist from Brazil, and one that we expect amazing things from in the years to come! LP, Vinyl record album

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New Ivan Lins & SWR Big BandCornucopia ... CD CD format
Sunnyside, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A sublime setting for the vocals of the great Ivan Lins – wrapped up here in some really inventive arrangements from the SWR Big Band, who bring an energy to the album we haven't heard from Lins in years! Ivan's vocals take on this soaring, fluid quality that reminds us why we first fell in love with his music so many years ago – a transcendent quality that's really let loose the more the band seems to energize their rhythms and horn charts – almost scatting at times, given the jazzy vibe of the whole record! Arranger Ralf Schmid really makes magic on the record – and the album also features work from Paula Morelenbaum on guest vocals, and a bit of vocals from a South African choir. Tracks include "Samba De Vision", "Missing Miles", "Guantanamineira", "Roda Baiana", "Trem Bom", and "Awa Yio". CD

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New Ennio MorriconeLe Casse/Rodeo (limited edition) ... 7-inch 7-Inch
Bell/Vadim (France), 1971. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Ahh, we'd so love to see a bunch of killer Morricone numbers on funky 45s – but if that doesn't happen, we've got a really great one here!!! "Le Casse" is a moody bit of crime score funk, a killer beat under some harpsichord, strings and somewhat soaring atmospherics that pair so nicely with the rawer undercurrent. "Rodeo" has a more measured approach with a groovy payoff, and some sweet horns in the mix. Great stuff pulled from an early 70s film with Jean-Paul Belmondo & Omar Sharif! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Numbered limited edtion – in a great pic sleeve!)
 
 
 



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