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Johnny LytleMoon Child (ABC/Riverside) ... LP
Riverside/ABC, 1963. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of the rarest early albums by Johnny Lytle – and a very tasty set of tracks that has a slightly different kick than usual. Johnny's regular trio with Milt Harris on organ and Peppy Hinant on drums is joined by Steve Cooper on bass and Ray Barretto on congas – which gives the tracks a fuller sound, and a nicely rolling groove from the conga. The vibes and organ still dominate strongly – which is ok by us – and the sound is opened past Johnny's regular stepping groove. Titles include a number of nice originals like "The House Of Winchester", "Moon Child", and "The Moor Man" – plus "Work Song" and "A Taste Of Honey". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout hole, a piece of blue tape on the spine, and call letters in marker.)

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Thelonious MonkMisterioso (Riverside) ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Very Good- ... $29.99
A key classic from Thelonious Monk's years at Riverside – and an album that's as compelling as its haunting title! The session features Thelonious working with a great quartet that includes Johnny Griffin on tenor, playing these wonderfully angular lines; Ahmed Abdul-Malik on bass, working in well-rounded tones that add a lot of depth to the work; and Roy Haynes on drums, bringing in a playfully rhythmic spirit that really matches the tone of Monk's compositions – a wonderful quartet to interpret the thoughtful, angular, inventive numbers on the set – not just Monk's own tunes, but some killer arrangements of a few classics too. Tracks are all longish, and the album features key readings of "In Walked Bud", "Misterioso", "Nutty", and "Let's Cool One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover is stained and mostly delaminated with tearing, split top seam and spine, and some pen and a tape on back.)

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Wes MontgomeryBest Of Wes Montgomery (Riverside) ... LP
Riverside, Late 50s/Early 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
A collection of sides cut in the early 60s by Wes for Riverside, collected later when the label was owned by ABC. There's a couple of cuts in a nice organ trio feature the great Mel Rhyne "Round Midnight" and "Yesterdays", plus several that feature his brothers Buddy and Monk or Johnny Griffin, Wynton Kelly and Paul Chambers. There's a total of 9 tracks, including "Love Walked In", "Darn That Dream", "The Lamp Is Low" and "One For My Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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VariousRiverside Modern Jazz Sampler ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good- ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a split spine.)

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✨✧ Charlie ByrdAt The Village Vanguard (Riverside pressing) ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio set from Charlie Byrd – with Keter Bets on bass and Butty Deppenschmidt on drums – with titles that include "Fantasia On What Side Are You On", "Just Squeeze Me", and "Why Was I Born". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkTwo Hours with Thelonious – European Concerts By Thelonious Monk (ABC Riverside) ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The 2LP set that brought together material that was later issued on the Monk In Italy and Monk In France albums – landmark live sides from a 1961 European tour! The set features the killer 60s Monk quartet with Charlie Rouse, John Ore and Fark Dunlop. 18 tracks in all, including "Epistrophy", "Jackie-ing", "Body & Soul", "Off Minor", "Rhythm-a-ning", "Straight No Chaser", "Bemsha Swing", "Well You Needn't", and "Crepuscle With Nellie". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Thelonious Monk & John ColtraneComplete 1957 Riverside Recordings (3LP set – 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Riverside/Concord, 1957. Used 3LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A massively expanded package of music – filled with previously unreleased gems! The set features a landmark collaboration between John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk – two generations of jazz modern, working here to create some really incredible music! The core of this material is from the pair's work issued on the amazing Monk's Music album for Riverside – but the expanded collection also features lots of additional work from the same period too – including some unusual and alternate studio moments too! Other players vary from track to track – and include Gigi Gryce on alto sax, Ray Copeland on trumpet, Coleman Hawkins on additional tenor, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Art Blakey on drums. Titles wonderful versions of "Ruby My Dear", "Trinkle Tinkle", "Nutty", "Well You Needn't", "Crepescule With Nellie" and "Monk's Mood" – plus some alternate versions, false starts, and more – all wrapped up with notes and reflections from original producer Orrin Keepnews. LP, Vinyl record album
(A really unique package – done with a file-style cover – and includes a booklet with an essay by producer Orrin Keepnews too!)
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Ray BarrettoLatino! ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good ... $19.99
Wonderful early work from Ray Barretto – proof that he was one heck of a hip cat, even at the start! The album's got an approach to Latin jazz that's certainly informed by the charanga sound of the New York scene in the early 60s – but one that's also opened up a bit more to new ideas – bits of bossa nova, heavy percussion, and some odd instrumental twists that really make the album sparkle! There's some haunting violin work on one track, a bit of odd organ on another, and a very playful mix of flute, piano, and percussion throughout. The great Jose Combo Silva plays tenor on the date – and other players include Jose Canoura on flute, Alfredito Valdez on piano, and El Negro Vivar on trumpet. Ray's on congas, bongos, and timbales – and titles include "Sugar's Delight", "Carnaval", "Descarga La Moderna", "El Negro Y Ray", and "Cocinando Suave". LP, Vinyl record album
(Teal label Orpheum productions pressing. Cover has a split top seam, mostly split bottom, with moisture stains & peeling along the bottom half.)

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Evans BradshawPieces of Eighty Eight ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Very Good ... $29.99
A killer set of trio work from pianist Evans Bradshaw – an obscure player we only know from his two rare dates for Riverside Records! Bradshaw's got a nicely angular approach to the piano – and a romping left hand that reminds us a lot of the hipper pianists working in Chicago at the end of the 50s! As with Jamal, King Fleming, and John Wright – Evans has an inherently rhythmic approach to his work – a gentle groove and focused flow that really takes off from the very first note, and keeps us hanging on all the way through! There's no overdone soul jazz cliches here – as Bradshaw also complicates things nicely over the top – and titles include versions of "Night In Tunisia", "Foggy Day", and "It Ain't Necessarily So" – plus two originals called "Pushing the Blues" and "Blues For Jim". Trio features Alvin Jackson on bass and Richard Allen on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Original small blue label pressing, with silver text, microphone logo, and deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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Marian BruceHalfway To Dawn ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Very Good ... $19.99
One of the more obscure vocal albums ever recorded by Riverside – with a great small group that features Joe Wilder on trumpet, Jimmy Jones on piano, Everett Barksdale on guitar, and Al Hall on bass. No drums – which should give you an idea of the mood of the set! LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover is in great shape. Vinyl has a very short click on one track.)

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Charlie ByrdBossa Nova Pelos Passaros ... LP
Riverside, Early 60s. Very Good ... $2.99
Guitarist Charlie Byrd was one of the first American players to record bossa nova tunes – but although his work with Stan Getz has always been well-documented, some of the titles under his own name can be quite hard to come by. This is one of the best ones that Charlie cut on his own – and it features tight guitar work in a mode that's similar to that used by Baden Powell on his early bossa recordings, augmented by trio rhythms – plus some occasional larger backings by Walter Raim, and some extended group settings that feature Charlie Hampton on alto, Earl Swope on trombone, and Willie Rodriguez on percussion. Tracks include "Ho Ba La La", "Samba Triste", "Yvone", "O Barquinho", "Un Abraco Do Bonfa", and "O Passaro". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer pressing with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has a name in pen & light wear.)

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James Clay & David Fathead NewmanSound Of The Wide Open Spaces ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
Texas tenors locked in hard formation! The set's a wonderfully stripped-down set that has James Clay and David Fathead Newman playing head-to-head in a rootsy Texas tenor style jazz session – one that's a bit more open-ended and earthy than some of the faker tones on Newman's early work for Atlantic! The setting is nicely relaxed – New York blowing session, taken down south – and rhythm is from a trio that includes Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Art Taylor on drums. Tracks are long, with lots of focus on the solos – and the set includes two hip compositions by Babs Gonzales – "Wide Open Spaces" and "Figger-ation" – plus the titles "Some Kinda Mean", "What's New", and "They Can't Take That Away From Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear & a name in marker.)

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✨✧ Kenny Dorham with Cannonball AdderleyBlue Spring ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A pretty warm and lyrical set by Kenny – accompanied here by a larger group that includes Cecil Payne, David Amram, and Cannonball Adderley on horns, plus a young Cedar Walton on piano. Dorham wrote 4 of the album's tracks, and they provide a perfect showcase for his polished trumpet style. Titles include "Spring Cannon", "Blue Spring", "Poetic", and "Passion Spring". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Duke Ellington & Billy StrayhornGreat Times – Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn Piano Duets (Dutch pressing) ... LP
Riverside/Fontana (Netherlands), 1950/1964. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A wonderful stripped-down set of piano work from Duke Ellington – presented here in an obscure set of duets recorded with Billy Strayhorn in 1950, finally issued as a full package by Riverside in the mid 60s – at a time when more folks seemed to be paying attention to Duke's stylings on the keys! The tracks are all relatively shortish, and accompaniment includes bass from either Lloyd Trotman, Joe Schulman, or Wendell Marshall, plus a bit of drums from Jo Jones. Strayhorn plays celeste on two numbers, and some numbers feature either artist solo. Titles include "Oscalypso", "Flamingo", "Cottontail", "Bang Up Blues", "Johnny Come Lately", "Tonk", "In A Blue Summer Garden", and "Blues For Banton". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice 60s Dutch pressing!)

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✨✧ Benny GolsonBlues On Down (The Modern Touch/The Other Side Of Benny Golson) ... LP
Milestone/Riverside, 1957/1958. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
A 2-in-1 package that features 2 of Benny's best late 50s albums in one set! The Modern Touch is a sublime late 50s album that features Benny with a sextet, working out amazing versions of the sorts of material that set him apart from every other jazz arranger of the time! The tracks here are complicated, yet have a rootsy soulfulness that makes them instantly compelling – and Benny's tone on tenor sax is sharp and angular, yet also has a raspiness that gives it a degree of honesty you wouldn't expect from a budding young modernist. The rest of the players – Max Roach, Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly, JJ Johnson, and Kenny Dorham – are equally great, too – and amidst Benny's arrangements, they come together as if they'd been playing in this format for years! Titles include "Out Of The Past", "Venetian Breeze", "Reunion", "Hymn To The Orient", and "Blues On Down". The Other Side is a smokin' hard bop side from a sort of amalgamation of players who played in and out of the Jazz Messengers around this time, but Philly Joe's sittin' in the drummers seat, so though the rhythms cook hard, that not quite as bombastic as Bu's. We've always loved Benny Golson, and though his playing was at it's most sublime in the Jazztet, he got to stretch out just a bit more and played with just a touch more fire in other contexts, like this session. Barry Harris is on piano, with Jymie Merritt and Philly Joe rounding out the rhythm section and Curtis Fuller joins Golson in the front line for a spry quintet setting. Six tracks: "Strut time", "Jubilation", "Symptoms", "Are You Real?", "Cry A Blue Tear" and "This Night". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny GriffinLittle Giant ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Very Good- ... $5.99
One of Johnny Griffin's hard blowing LPs as a leader for Jazzland – recorded with a crack lineup that includes Blue Mitchell on trumpet, Julian Priester on trombone, Wynton Kelly on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Albert Heath on drums! This is the kind of work that the term "hard bop" was coined for – sharp-edged jazz at its best – informed strongly by earlier bop and modern modes, but also played with a deeper dose of soul overall. The six players come together perfectly throughout – working with a tightness that matches most Blue Note work of the time – and titles are a great set of tracks that includes 3 by Chicago pianist Norman Simmons, and 1 by the great Babs Gonzales. Tunes include "Olive Refractions", "The Message", "Lonely One", "Playmates", and "63rd Street Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Milt JacksonInvitation ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good+ ... $6.99
A very nice little Milt Jackson album – cut in the mode of some of his excellent soul jazz group sides from the mid 60s. This set pushes Milt past the format of much of his other work – especially that of the MJQ – as it features him in a very soulful sextet, working with Tommy Flanagan on piano, Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Jimmy Heath on tenor, Ron Carter on bass, and Connie Kay on drums. The presence of Dorham and Heath give the album a light lyrical swing that really opens things up – and there's a fair bit of modally-oriented tunes on the set that hint at the more soulful playing of most of the players in the 70s. Tracks include a great version of "Invitation", plus "The Sealer", "Poom A Loom", "Ruby", and "None Shall Wander". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear & a name in marker.)

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✨✧ Milt Jackson & Wes MontgomeryBags Meets Wes! ... LP
Riverside, 1961. Near Mint- ... $11.99
A beautiful combination we'd like to hear more of – one that comes from the meeting of Milt Jackson's vibes and the guitar of Wes Montgomery – both recorded here in easygoing brilliance! The session's a nice break from the usual sound of both players at the time – and although Wes played a bit with vibes when working in The Montgomery Brothers, the Jackson approach here is a bit different – more soulful, and a bit more driven on by the rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Philly Joe Jones. Titles include the originals "SKJ", "Blue Roz", "Jingles", and "Sam Sack" – plus versions of "Stairway To The Stars" and "Delilah". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Eddie JeffersonLetter From Home ... LP
Riverside, 1962. Very Good+ ... $6.99
The beginning of a whole new chapter of greatness for singer Eddie Jefferson – a record that took his older style of putting words to jazz solos, and updated it nicely for a new generation in the 60s! Eddie's got a rootsy look on the cover, but the sound here is snappingly hip and sophisticated throughout – a cool soul jazz take on vocalese that's right up there with the best solo work by Jon Hendricks, and sung in a similarly raspy style. The group shifts a bit from track to track – between small combo and larger ensemble arranged by Ernie Wilkins – and players include Clark Terry and Joe Newman on trumpets, Johnny Griffin on tenor, James Moody on alto and flute, Junior Mance and Joe Zawinul on piano, and Barry Galbraith on guitar. Titles include some great original lyrics by Jefferson on the tunes "Soft & Furry", "Keep Walkin", "Things Are Getting Better", and "Back In Town" – and equally great vocals on versions of "Letter From Home", "Billie's Bounce", and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has a name in marker & some light wear.)

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Pete Johnson/Meade Lux Lewis/Albert AmmonsGiants Of Boogie Woogie ... LP
Riverside, 1939. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Great LP issue of material issued on 78s for the Solo Art label in 1939! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a some wear & a drill hole. Label has a drill hole.)

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Philly Joe JonesDrums Around The World ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Very Good- ... $14.99
A wonderfully experimental album from drummer Philly Joe Jones – and one that has just the right sort of "ethnic" feel to earn its "Around The World" title! Mostly, the ethnicity comes through in exotic reed work by Sahib Shihab, Herbie Mann, and Cannonball Adderley – who all play wonderfully on the album – alongside straighter sidemen who include Lee Morgan and Blue Mitchell on trumpets, Benny Golson on tenor, and Curtis Fuller on trombone. There's a bit of the Yusef Lateef late 50s sound on here – mixed with Philly's killer crack sock drum approach – a blend that comes off wonderfully throughout, and really makes the album a standout in Philly Joe's catalog from the time. Titles include "Land Of The Blue Veils", "Blue Gwynn", "El Tambores", and "The Tribal Message", which is a nice drum solo! LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label Orpheum Productions pressing. Cover has a flaky stain at the top.)

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Bev KellyLove Locked Out ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Near Mint- ... $43.99
The first Riverside album by Bev Kelly – an obscure ice-blond singer from the late 50s, with a sound that's much more in keeping with some of the vocalists on the Bethlehem label, than the few singers who cut sides for Riverside. Bev's got the great fortune to be working here with Jimmy Jones, who's done some great work for Sarah Vaughn over the years – and the small group backing on the album includes strong players like Kenny Burrell, Jerome Richardson, Milt Hinton, Roy Haynes, and Jones himself. Titles include "My Ship", "Lonelyville", "Lost April", "Love Look Away", "Thursday's Child", "Love Locked Out", and "Gloomy Sunday". A nice sad one – in case you couldn't guess by the titles! LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo and deep groove. Cover has clear tape holding the top seam and a split bottom seam.)

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Yusef LateefCentaur & The Phoenix ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good- ... $14.99
An ambitious larger group album from Yusef Lateef – and one that's carried off with all the genius of his smaller group sessions from the time! Yusef himself is working with a variety of reed instruments – including tenor sax, oboe, flute, and argol – amongst a larger horn section that also features Josea Taylor on bassoon, Tate Houston on baritone sax, Curtis Fuller on trombone, and Clark Terry and Richard Williams on trumpet. Rhythm is by the trio of Joe Zawinul piano, Ben Tucker bass, and Lex Humphries drums – and although the horn arrangements are complicated, they're always soulfully swinging – never too academic, and really done on a way that just expands the mixture of exoticism and hardbop expressed on other Lateef albums! Titles include "Iqbal", "Apathy", "Summer Song", "Revelation", and "The Centaur & The Phoenix". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with microphone logo & deep groove. Cover has some wear.)

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Abbey LincolnAbbey Is Blue ... LP
Riverside, 1959. Good+ ... $13.99
Key early work by Abbey – no so much the "blue" album you'd guess from the title, but a session that's filled with the kind of anger and emotion that makes us love her so much when she's this good! The group here is very hip – an ensemble brought to the date by her then-partner Max Roach – with Max on drums, Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Stanley Turrentine on tenor, and Julian Preister on trombone – all working with Abbey in a mode that's quite similar to her best appearances on Roach records from the same stretch! Titles include her amazing early version of "Afro Blue", plus "Lonely House", "Come Sunday", "Let Up", and a great version of Oscar Brown, Jr's "Brother Where Are You?" LP, Vinyl record album
(Small blue label Bill Grauer pressing with deep groove. Cover has wear, aging & a split top seam. Vinyl plays with clicks & crackles.)

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Abbey LincolnThat's Him! ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of Abbey Lincoln's earliest albums – an all star session recorded with backing by Kenny Dorham, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Paul Chambers, and Max Roach! Abbey's still pretty straight at this point – singing a variety of wispy love songs and emotional tunes – but she's also bringing a bit more feeling to the material than most singers of her generation – hinting at the sharper tones that would come just a few years later in her work! And given the strength of the sidemen alone, the album's already a cut above most jazz vocal records from the time – but really takes on a strong voice when Abbey opens up on some of the best numbers on the set. Titles include "Strong Man", "My Man", "That's Him", "Don't Explain", "I Must Have That Man", and "When A Woman Loves A Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Mundell LoweGuitar Moods By Mundell Lowe ... LP
Riverside, 1956. Very Good ... $19.99
The title's a great one for the set, as Mundell Lowe was one of the moodiest players of his generation – a great guitarist with a really unique tone – recorded in a perfect setting for the album! The group's a bit unusual, as it features Lowe's guitar next to small combo arrangements that include a bit of flute, bass clarinet, oboe, and English Horn – never crowding in any of the horns at once, but using them bit by bit throughout the album – in order to give a slight edge, and a darker mood, to different tracks as needed. The only other backing in the set is bass and drums – and the use of Lowe's guitar next to these horns makes for a really unique sound, especially for a guitar jazz album of the mid 50s. Titles include "Speak Low", "Ill Wind", "Our Waltz", "I'll Take Romance", "I Dream Too Much", and "Memories Of You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original white label Bill Grauer Productions pressing, with a microphone logo, deep groove, and heavy vinyl. Cover has some wear and a split top seam.)

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Mundell LoweMundell Lowe Quartet ... LP
Riverside, 1955. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great record from a great guitarist – one of Mundell Lowe's best small group sessions of the 50s, and a record with a wonderful sound overall! One of the key factors in the record's success is the presence of pianist Dick Hyman – who plays organ as well as piano here (plus celeste on one especially nice track) – already using that "groovy" approach to the instrument that we love in his work of the 60s! The clean, lean Hyman tone makes a great match for Lowe's single-note lines on guitar – and although subtle, the record explodes with creative tones that really push this one past the usual "mood" style of other guitar-based jazz albums of the period! Titles include "Bach Revisited", "The Night We Called It A Day", "Will You Still Be Mine", "I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plans", "All Of You", "I'll Never Be The Same", and "Far From Vanilla". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing, with obi and insert – in great shape!)
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✨✧ Art Blakey & Thelonius MonkArt Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Angular Monk meets hard-driving Art Blakey – in a session that's quite unique, and which has gone onto become one of the best-remembered Atlantic jazz sessions of the late 50s! The album features Blakey in that key non-Blue Note year of 1957 – a time when he was working with a variety of players, at a variety of labels, and taking some real chances with his music before settling into his more established hit Jazz Messengers sound. The group here is Art's own – with Johnny Griffin on tenor, Bill Hardman on trumpet, and Spanky DeBrest on bass – augmented by the piano of Thelonious Monk – a match that might seem unlikely at first, but not so much so after you consider the great work that Monk and Griffin did together at Riverside during the late 50s. There's a nice match between Johnny's sharp-edged tenor and Monk's imaginative playing – and if anything, the record has Blakey, Hardman, and DeBrest moving dynamically to keep up with the flurry of modern ideas coming from Griffin and Monk! Tracks are almost all originals by Thelonious too – a fact that definitely helps keep up the "Monk-ish" sound of the record – titles that include "Evidence", "Blue Monk", "I Mean You", and "Rhythm A Ning" – alongside Griffin's "Purple Shades". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing.)

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Donald Byrd & Pepper AdamsMotor City Scene ... LP
Bethlehem, 1960. Near Mint- ... $38.99
One of the most hard-hitting sessions ever recorded for the Bethlehem label – and a rare date for the imprint by the team of trumpeter Donald Byrd and saxophonist Pepper Adams! The style here is similar to work the pair recorded for Riverside and Blue Note at the same time – razor-sharp hardbop, played with a strong sense of imagination, and plenty of room for drawn-out, creatively-blown solos. Adams is especially great – playing the baritone here with the leanness of a tenor sax – but Byrd is wonderful too, and really starts to break out of some of the more staid modes of his work from a few years back. The group's a sextet that includes guitarist Kenny Burrell, pianist Tommy Flanagan, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer "Hey" Lewis (another name for Louis Hayes?) – on titles that include "Trio", "Philson", "Libeccio", and "Bitty Ditty". LP, Vinyl record album
(Very nice Japanese pressing!)
Also available Motor City Scene ... CD 5.99

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Ornette ColemanTown Hall 1962 ... LP
ESP, 1962. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A really unique chapter in the career of Ornette Coleman – an album that he produced by himself in 1962, away from any other label – as an effort to showcase the newly freer sounds of his music! The recording's the first in a really groundbreaking stretch for the 60s – and it was fortunately finally issued by ESP Records a few years after the recording – providing a nice link between Coleman's earlier experiments and the sound of the younger generation usually showcased by the label. The group's a trio, with a sound that's quite different than the more rhythmic modes of Coleman on Atlantic Records – a freer, less structured lineup that features percussion from Charles Moffett and bass from David Izenzon. One track also adds in a string quartet – making the record one of Coleman's first experiments with this format – and titles include a 23 minute recording of "The Ark", plus "Doughnut", "Sadness", and "Dedication To Poets and Writers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing, with a Riverside Drive address – and back cover images advertising titles up to ESP 1014.)

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✨✧ Kenny DorhamBut Beautiful ... LP
Milestone, Late 50s/1976. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
Nice 2 LP collection of some of Kenny Dorham's beautiful lyrical trumpet work for the Riverside label from the late 50's. The set features material from the albums Jazz Contrasts, Two Horns/Two Rhythms, Blue Spring, and This Is The Moment – plus one track from Abbey Lincoln's album That's Him. The focus is largely on Dorham's sweeter moments, and the set features a host of great original compositions by him, including "Poetic", "Spring Cannon", "La Villa", and "Blue Spring". There's a good set of notes, too, which were written not too long after Dorham's early death in 1972. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9 ... LP
RCA, 1979. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
Did August Darnell ever stop working in the late 70s? He had Kid Creole, Dr Buzzard's Savannah Band, Don Armando, Elbow Bones, Cristina, and countless other projects all getting his magical retro disco touch – including Gichy Dan's Beachwood #9, a group who only recorded one album, but who have a sound that's prime Darnell all the way. Take the Kid Creole groove, and mix it up with a bit more Latin and exotic influences, and you're pretty close to the sound of Gichy Dan. Darnell wrote and produced, and played with the group – and the overall feel isn't as disco as other projects – in a good way. Titles include "Splendor In The Grass", "Laissez Faire", "Young Hearts", "Lady From The Caribbean", and "Winter On Riverside Drive". LP, Vinyl record album

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Roy HaynesPeople ... LP
Pacific Jazz, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $33.99
One of our favorite records ever by Roy Haynes – a lyrical masterpiece that stands with his best work of the 60s! The set features some wonderful playing by Frank Strozier – who's handling both alto and flute on the set, grooving around like he did on his own great Riverside albums of the period, or on Haynes' excellent Cymbalism set, to which this one is a nice partner. The songs on here are a bit less hip than on that album – as many of them are 60s standards, like "People", "Mr Lucky", "Wives & Lovers", "Invitation", and "What Kind Of Fool Am I" – but they're done with a lot imagination, and a soulful modal groove that really opens them up! LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing, on King – with obi!)

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Milt JacksonPlenty, Plenty Soul ... LP
Atlantic, 1957. Very Good- ... $11.99
Plenty plenty soul here – as Milt Jackson's moving away from the Modern Jazz Quartet, and working with a great group of players that really expand his sound! The session's a bit like some of Milt's soul jazz work for Riverside and other labels – in that it's got rhythms, timings, and solos that all are much more gutbuckety than you'd expect from the other side of his career – a real nod towards the nascent soul jazz sound in the late 50s, served up with lots of undercurrents from R&B and gospel in the mix. Side one features players that include Ronnie Peters on alto sax, Frank Foster on tenor, and Sahib Shihab on baritone – plus Horace Silver on piano – and Silver makes a return appearance on side two, alongside a group that includes Lucky Thompson on tenor and Joe Newman on trumpet. Titles include "Plenty, Plenty Soul", "Boogity Boogity", "Heartstrings", "Sermonette", "The Spirit Feel", "Ignunt Oil", and "Blues At Twilight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green & blue label pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Also available Plenty, Plenty Soul ... CD 4.99

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Eddie JeffersonThere I Go Again ... LP
Prestige, Early 50s/1960s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
A really great overview of the career of Eddie Jefferson – one that begins with his first few vocal singles of the 50s, and follows him through album work for Riverside and Prestige in the 60s! Jefferson's contribution to jazz is tremendous – as he was one of the first to set lyrics to solos by famous players of the time, giving them deeper meaning with his own new lyrics and his warmly raspy vocal presentation of the material. Here, he's working with a top-shelf array of jazz players who really appreciate his work – including Seldon Powell, Clark Terry, Charles McPherson, Barry Harris, Johnny Griffin, and James Moody – the last of whom was a longtime friend and collaborator of Jefferson. Titles include "Soft & Furry", "Old Shoes", "Baby Girl", "Come Along With Me", "There I Go There I Go Again", "Filthy McNasty", "Mercy Mercy Mercy", "Now's The Time", "Things Are Getting Better", and "Disappointed". Great notes and session information too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Wynton Kelly, Wilbur Ware, Philly Joe JonesCruisin' Featuring The Rhythm Sections ... LP
Jazzland, Late 50s. Good+ ... $14.99
A pretty cool-looking Jazzland album that combines tracks from 2 other earlier Riverside albums – one that we've identified as Clark Terry's Serenade To A Bus Seat, the other we're not sure of. Side 1 features Kelly, Jones, Paul Chambers, Johnny Griffin, and Clark Terry on the tunes "Stardust", "Cruisin", and "That Old Black Magic". Side 2 features Kelly, Ware, Jones, and Ernie Henry on "Soon", "Lover Man", and "Specific Gravity". All tracks are quite nice – and in that great mix of hardbop and soul jazz that Riverside was hitting towards the end of the 50s. Cool cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Bill Grauer Jazzland pressing with deep groove. Cover has split seams and spine, held with clear tape at the top and bottom.)

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Led ZeppelinCoda (super deluxe edition box set) ... LP
Swan Song, 1982. Sealed 2LP + 3CD Box Set (reissue)... $99.99
The title's an apt one – given that the record was the end of the tremendous run of records from Led Zeppelin – issued after the death of legendary drummer John Bomham – but the set's also way more than just an endpoint, as many of the tracks return to the group's beginning – and bring back unheard sounds from early 70s sessions! There's a nice criss-crossing of styles here – from the rawness of the earliest records, to the refined complexity of the mid 70s – and the album's way more than just an afterthought to the catalog – and is filled with great cuts that include the Bonham showpiece "Bonzo's Montreux", plus "We're Gonna Groove", "Poor Tom", "I Can't Quit You Baby". "Wearing And Tearing", and "Ozone Baby". 3LP set features 15 more bonus tracks – including "Four Hands Four Sticks", "Friends (Bombay Orchestra)", "St Tristan's Sword (rough mix)", "We're Gonna Groove (alt mix)", "If It Keeps On Raining (rough mix)", "Baby Come On Home", "Walter's Walk (rough mix)", "Travelling Riverside Blues (BBC session)", "Hey Hey What Can I Do", and "Poor Tom (instrumental mix)". The extra stuff is really amazing – almost worth the record for the two Bombay Orchestra tracks, which mix Indian music in with a Led Zep groove – and the excellent instrumental of "Poor Tom". LP, Vinyl record album

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George LewisOh, Didn't He Ramble ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Not our usual bag, but some nice later material from George Lewis, performed with a sextet that includes Jim Robinson, Alvin Acorn, Alcide Pavageau, Joe Robichaux, and Joe Watkins. Titles include "Riverside Blues", "Streets Of The City", "Weary Blues", and "Runnin Wild". David Stone Martin cover, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Back cover has some staining & pen.)

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Johnny LytleHappy Ground! (Jazzland LP – 1961) ... LP
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good- ... $7.99
One of Johnny Lytle's monster vibes 'n organ LPs from the early 60's. Released on the Jazzland subsidiary of Riverside, and a tough one to find! The album comes complete with the great original track "Lela", a jazz dance classic if there ever was one, and other nice tracks like "Happy Ground" and "Tag Along". Milt Harris plays organ, and Peppy Hinnant's on drums, giving the session the same great jumpy feel that he adds to all of Lytle's work. LP, Vinyl record album
(Orange label Bill Grauer pressing. Cover has a stain on back.)

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Modern Jazz All StarsModern Jazz All Stars – Jazz ... LP
RCA (Japan), Mid 60s. Near Mint- 2LP ... $39.99
Modern jazz, with plenty of soul – a hip Japanese take on the best US jazz modes of the late 50s, with heavy emphasis on hardbop and soul jazz styles! The group's led by pianist Norio Maeda, who also did the arrangements – and the lineup features trumpet, tenor, and alto sax – a great frontline that takes on some very Riverside-like touches at times – and which gets a bit of guitar assistance at others. Titles are mostly versions of familiar jazz tunes from a few years before, arranged freshly by Maeda – and cuts include "Black March", "Moanin", "Work Song", "Sister Sadie", "Take Five", and "L'Ascenseur Pour L'Echafaud". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Japanese pressing, with obi.)

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Thelonious MonkThelonious Monk With John Coltrane ... LP
Jazzland, 1957/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
An interesting little LP that compiles alternate takes from Monk's classic album for Riverside – Monk's Music – the session that featured the unique twin tenor lineup of John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins. The album features 4 different alternates of tunes from that set – "Nutty", "Epistrophy", "Functional", and "Off Minor" – plus 2 other tunes played by a quartet that features Monk, Coltrane, Wilbur Ware, and Shadow Wilson – on the tunes "Ruby My Dear" and "Trinkle Trinkle". A real odd one in the catalog, but with some great music! LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Sonny RollinsSonny Rollins (Blue Note Re-Issue Series) ... LP
Blue Note, 1956/1957. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
The rarest of all the Sonny Rollins Blue Note sessions – and possibly the best! The record captures Rollins at a key turning point – emerging from his firey bop years, moving into a much more complicated, introspective tenor style that was a perfect showcase for his developing genius for improvisation. He's playing here in a quintet with Wynton Kelly, Donald Byrd, Gene Ramey, and Max Roach – but as with all Rollins Blue Note sessions, his tenor is the dominant force. Titles include "Bluesnote", "Plain Jane", "How Are Things In Gocca Morra", and "Decision". As classic as it comes for late 50s Blue Note – and a key meeting between Sonny Rollins and Thelonious Monk! The group on the set features Rollins and Monk with JJ Johnson, Paul Chambers, and Art Blakey – all of whom push things more in the direction of Blue Note's sound of the time, then Monk's own recordings of the period for Riverside. But the contrast of modes makes for a really startling sound – one that has Monk "monking" it up next to the straighter rhythm section, and bringing out some more modern tones in Rollins' tenor work, titles include "Why Don't I", "You Stepped Out Of A Dream", "Misterioso", and "Reflections". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Sonny RollinsWay Out West ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Very Good ... $79.99
A classic set that brings the east coast tenor of Sonny Rollins into contact with a west coast rhythm section of Ray Brown and Shelly Manne! Despite Rollins' silly look on the cover, and the album's overall "western" theme, the session's a brilliant one – right up there with Sonny's strongest trio sides of the late 50s, and a key link in a string of excellent recordings for Blue Note, Prestige, and Riverside! The lack of a piano really opens up the style of the set – letting Sonny explore freely on his solos, while Brown's bass and Manne's drums do more than enough to keep the rhythms going on their own. Solos aren't as "out" as on the Village Vanguard sessions, but certainly every bit as inspired – and titles include "I'm An Old Cowhand", "Solitude", "Come, Gone", "Way Out West", and "Wagon Wheels". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover is stained and lightly wrinkled on the bottom half, with some peeled strips on front.)

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Pete SeegerWaist Deep In The Big Muddy & Other Love Songs ... LP
Columbia, 1967. Very Good ... $3.99
Titles include "Oh Yes I'd Climb", "Down By The Riverside", "Melodie D'Amour", "My Name Is Liza Kalvelage", and "Over The Hills". LP, Vinyl record album
(360 Sound stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Jimmy Smith & Wes MontgomeryJimmy & Wes – The Dynamic Duo ... LP
Verve, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
Excellent meeting between 2 mighty talents who rarely recorded together! Oliver Nelson did the arrangements and leads a big band, but the real focus is on Jimmy and Wes' solos, which are given a lot of room to roam in long tracks like "James & Wes", "Night Train", and "Down By The Riverside". Nice hard playing from Jimmy, with that great tone that he was getting in the mid 60's, and lots of very clean Hammond lines on his solos. LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with large factory sticker.)

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✨✧ Albert AylerSwing Low Sweet Spiritual ... LP
Osmosis (Netherlands), 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pre-ESP Records work from the legendary Albert Ayler – and a really special set that definitely shows his strong ties to a previous legacy of African-American music! Ayler always clamed blues and other roots in his sound, but didn't always show them as clearly – given his free-thinking, forward-moving approach – yet this set has Albert really reworking an older influence, by taking older songs from gospel and secular sources, and using them as a completely compelling springboard for his new ideas on tenor and soprano sax! The album's the sort that David Murray might have cut in the mid 80s – but conceived by Ayler two decades before – and sadly unissued for years after its recording, possibly because it's a very sensitive, soulful set that's different than the frenetic power of later albums on ESP. A real treasure throughout – with work from Call Cobbs Jr on piano, Henry Grimes on bass, and Sonny Murray on drums – on titles that include "Swing Low Sweet Chariot", "Deep River", "Goin Home", "Ol Man River", "Down By The Riverside", and "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing.)

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✨✧ Jimmy HeathPeer Pleasure ... LP
Landmark, 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The title's a bit obtuse, but the music is warm and soulful throughout – a really tremendous session that carries on the strong legacy of solo work that Jimmy Heath was doing in the 70s! The feel here is a lot like some of Heath's dates for the Muse or Xanadu labels – and Jimmy's working here with a great rhythm section that includes Larry Willis on piano, Stafford James on bass, and Akira Tana on drums – players who provide a very soulful grounding for the set. Heath blows alto, tenor, and soprano sax – and remaining players include Tom Williams on trumpet and Tony Purrone on guitar. The groove is in a classic Prestige/Riverside mode – not hard hardbop, but soulful, with touches of post-Coltrane blowing, and the mix of lyricism and soul jazz that Heath's always brought to his best work. Titles include "Trane Connections", "Forever Sonny", "You Can See", "I Waited For You", and "Song For Ben Webster". LP, Vinyl record album

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