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Roland HannaDestry Rides Again ... CD
Atco/Wounded Bird, 1959. New Copy ... $3.99 11.98
A jazz version of a Broadway show, but an especially great one too – and a set that's really quite fresh, given the less familiar nature of the Harold Rome compositions! Hanna's presentation of the material really gets past the roots of the tunes – and he uses the songs as great vehicles for melodic improvisation – working not only in a trio that features George Duvivier on bass and Roy Barnes on drums, but also sometimes with added guitar from Kenny Burrell, who really helps break this one past standard piano trio format! Hanna's bold but lyrical approach is a perfect fit for the tunes – and titles include "Hoop De Dingle", "I Say Hello", "Once Knew A Fella", "That Ring On The Finger", "I Know Your Kind", and "Fair Warning". CD

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Roland HannaNew York Jazz Quartet In Chicago ... LP
Beehive, 1983. Near Mint- ... $16.99
With Roland Hanna on piano, Frank Wess on tenor and flute, George Mraz on bass, and Ben Riley on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Richard Davis, Roland Hanna & Frederick WaitsPersia My Dear ... CD
DIW (Japan), 1987. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roland HannaTime For The Dancers ... CD
Progressive/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1977. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
"Dancers" is a word that we don't usually associate with pianist Roland Hanna – given that most of his music has a warmly lyrical groove, and an introspective spirit that might not be right for the dancefloor! Yet there's definitely a bit more bounce here than usual – a loping groove that comes not just from the rhythm work of George Mraz on bass and Richard Pratt on drums – but also from Hanna's own way of blocking out the tunes, which can often have these nice chunks of sound flowing from his hands on the piano – which are then given an extra cascading vibe from the bass of Mraz! The album's one of our favorites from Roland – a masterpiece of understated beauty, and effortlessly soulful – with titles that include "Cheryl", "Flight To Ann's Ville", "Ode To A Potato Plant", "Jed", and "Double Intentions". CD

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✨✧ Carol Sloane with Roland Hanna & George MrazSpring Is Here (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
All Art/Muzak (Japan), 1983. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Carol Sloane works here with just the piano of Roland Hanna and the bass of George Mraz – a very open setting that really lets her open up on vocals! The album's relatively understated, but at a level that allows Sloane to show a deeply skilled approach to the material – a level of inflection on the lyrics that rivals the best of Sarah Vaughn in a similar small group mode – really pushing each individual word and phrase with a highly jazzy sensibility! If you've never heard Sloane's powers as a singer, this is the record to really win you over – as it's one of her most expressive. Titles include "Summertime", "When I Fall In Love/Body & Soul", "Teach Me Tonight", "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", "Love Is Here To Say", "Spring Is Here", and "Just In Time". CD
 
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Pepper AdamsReflectory ... LP
Muse, 1978. Very Good ... $11.99
An overlooked gem from Pepper – with piano by Roland Hanna, bass by George Mraz, and drums by Billy Hart! Titles include "Reflectory", "Etude Diabolique", "Claudette's Way", and "That's All". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear.)

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Baby LaurenceDance Master ... LP
Classic Jazz, 1959/1960. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Quite an unusual jazz session – one that features lead lines from Baby Laurence, who's a tap dancer and not a musician! The approach sounds odd, but it works surprisingly well – thanks partly to the group who backs Baby up on the different sessions on the record – players who include Paul Quinichette on tenor, Bobby Jaspar on tenor and flute, Nat Pierce or Roland Hanna on piano, and Skeeter Best on drums. Laurence's taps are as rhythmic as you might expect, but also carry a bit of a tune as well – enough melodic energy that they work surprisingly well without his dancing as visual accompaniment for the record! Titles include "Buck Dance", "Mall March", "Whispering", "Baby At Birdland", "The Sand", "Ornithology", and "Delila's Theme". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dee Dee BridgewaterAfro Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio/Muzak (Japan), 1974. New Copy ... $24.99
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's quite different than her later R&B-inflected sides from the late 70s – very soaring and spiritual work, delivered in a way that set a whole new standard for jazz at the time! Backing is by a small combo with brothers Ron and Cecil Bridgweater, plus Roland Hanna on acoustic and electric piano, George Mraz on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums and percussion – but the star of the set is always Dee Dee, who sparkles beautifully on the album's classic versions of "Afro Blue" and "Little B's Poem" – both of which have been redone by many other singers over the years. Other great cuts include "People Make The World Go Round", "Love From The Sun", and "Love Vibrations". CD

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Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Paul GonsalvesLove Calls ... LP
RCA, 1968. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A surprisingly great album! At the outset, the set appears to be a snoozy record of late night ballads and blues – but it's actually an incredibly haunting set of tracks that feature two older tenor masters with the youthful soulful genius of Roland Hanna on piano. And while the feel of the tracks is definitely "late night", the tenor interplay is amazing, and filled with subtle little crazy bits that prevent the listener from lapsing into any sort of bluesy reverie. Titles include "The Man With The Horn", "If I Ruled The World", "Don't Blame Me", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a cutout hole and some edge wear.)

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Freddie HubbardHub Of Hubbard ... CD
MPS (Germany), 1969. Used ... $7.99
A classic European date from Freddie Hubbard – recorded right around the vintage of his Red Clay years, but with a sound that hearkens back more towards his Blue Note sessions of the mid 60s! There's a nicely angular feel to this set – that bold, modern quality that really set Hubbard apart from other players of his generation – and while some of the songs show Freddie's growing love of longer, more openly rhythmic tunes – there's also still a sharper focus on the bold talents of the soloists. Freddie's on trumpet throughout, and other players include Eddie Daniels on tenor – still really sounding great at this point, with a surprisingly hard edge – plus Roland Hanna on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Titles include "Blues For Duane", "The Things We Did Last Summer", and "Without A Song" – and all tracks are long. CD
(Out of print.)

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Freddie HubbardWithout A Song – Live In Europe 1969 ... CD
Blue Note, 1969. Used ... $6.99
Previously-unheard material from Freddie Hubbard – great live sides recorded in Europe during 1969, all with a stretched-out sound that really points the way to some of Freddie's growth in the 70s! The feel here is a bit like Hubbard's excellent Hub Of Hubbard album recorded for MPS around the same time – tracks that have a very spacious sound, much more so than some of his late 60s studio work – but which also are free of the electric modes that Freddie would begin to use at CTI. The balance is almost a bit like that of Hubbard's excellent post-electric sides of the early 80s, but with even more bite at times – played by a killer quartet that features Roland Hanna on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Louis Hayes on drums. Titles include "Space Track", "Without A Song", "Hub Tones", "The Things We Did Last Summer", "Body & Soul", and "Blues By Five". CD

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✨✧ Thad Jones & Mel Lewis OrchestraMonday Night ... LP
Solid State, 1969. Very Good Gatefold ... $3.99
Genius work from the Jones & Lewis group – easily one of their best albums! If you've ever wondered why these guys got the chance to make so many records, check out this excellent early set and hear them at their finest. The group's a kick-ass one – with a host of all-star players like Jerome Richardson, Jerry Dodgion, Eddy Daniels, Seldon Powell, Roland Hanna, Richard Davis, and of course Jones and Lewis themselves – and the overall groove is similar to the Clarke-Boland Big Band at their best. Lots of rolling riffing rhythms, and breakout solos that really respect the members of the group – and which light a fuse under nearly every track. Features the funky groover "Mornin Reverend", plus "The Waltz You Swang For Me", "Say It Softly", "The Second Race", and "Kids Are Pretty People". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles Mingus/Mingus DynastyComplete Remastered Recordings On Black Saint/Soul Note (Reincarnation/Mingus Sounds Of Love/Live At The Theatre Boulogne) (4CD set) ... CD
Black Saint (Italy), 1980s. New Copy 4CD ... $34.99 47.98
A great document of the continuing influence of Charles Mingus in the immediate years after his passing – served up here in a set of Mingus-related groups recording for the Black Saint/Soul Note label! First up is Reincarnation – a very special Mingus Dynasty recording, with a lineup that includes some of the most soulful players from Charles' later group – Ricky Ford on tenor, Richard Williams on trumpet, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Roland Hanna on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums! Titles include "East Coasting", "Reincarnation Of A Love Bird", "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting", and "Ecclusiatics". Mingus' Sound Of Love is a record that definitely lives up to its title – as alums from the Mingus band work together here in a set of fresh changes on classics from the master - titles that include "Celia", "Ysabel's Table Dance", "Caroline", and "Sue's Changes". Group includes Randy Brecker on trumpet, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, James Newton and Craig Handy on reeds, and Roland Hanna on piano. Last up are two albums comprising a concert performance – Live At The Theatre Boulogne Billancourt in Paris – with a great Mingus-inspired group that includes David Murray and Clifford Jordan on tenors, John Handy on alto, Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis on trumpets, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, and Jaki Byard on piano! Tracks are quite long – and very much in the Mingus tradition. Four full albums – each in tiny sleeves with the original artwork. CD

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Mingus DynastyLive At Montreux ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1981. Used ... $8.99
The Mingus Dynasty is a mighty great one – a lineup of players who both worked with Charles Mingus, and who were shaped by his genius – working together here in a septet format that recalls all the sharp, vibrant energy of Mingus in his classic years! Most tunes are originals by Charles – and the group features bold horn lines from Joe Farrell on tenor, Randy Brecker on trumpet, and Jimmy Knepper on drums – plus piano from Roland Hanna, drums from Billy Hart, and two different bassists – Aladar Pege and Mike Richmond – both working at once, to rival the power of Mingus on his own! Tracks are all longish – and titles include great versions of "Haitian Fight Song", "Ysabel's Table Dance", "Better Git Hit In Your Soul", "Fables Of Faubus", and "Consider Me Oh Lord". CD
(Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Mingus DynastyMingus Dynasty Live At The Village Vanguard ... CD
Storyville/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1984. New Copy ... $13.99
Charles Mingus tunes, played by some of the great one's key collaborators from back in the day – a quintet that includes Randy Brecker on trumpet, George Adams on tenor, Roland Hanna on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums! The format is a bit different than usual for these tracks – not just because the group's a smaller combo, but also because the players use the songs for more personal solo expressions than that sort of unified bold burst you'd hear from Charles first, before the solo passages. Not that this is a problem at all, as the tracks also transform a lot in the process – and move past any conception of a monolithic need to be handled by the composer, and instead find a place in a larger jazz songbook. Adams is especially great in the setting, and Hanna has more bite than usual – and titles include "The Man Who Never Sleeps", "Duke Ellington's Sound Of Love", "Goodbye Porkpie Hat", "Peggy's Blue Skylight", and "Better Get Hit In Your Soul". CD

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✨✧ Mingus DynastyReincarnation ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1982. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A very hip lineup – with Ricky Ford on tenor, Richard Williams on trumpet, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, Roland Hanna on piano, Reggie Johnson on bass, and Kenny Washington on drums! LP, Vinyl record album

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New York Jazz QuartetOasis ... LP
Enja (Germany), 1981. Near Mint- ... $7.99
With Frank Wess on tenor and flute, Roland Hanna on piano, George Mraz on bass, and Ben Riley on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Jimmy PonderWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps ... LP
Cadet, 1974. Very Good ... $4.99
Although Jimmy Ponder played some hard heavy guitar in his day, this album's a fairly laidback batch of tracks with a dope mellow feel, and larger arrangements in the Cadet style. Bob James did all of the arrangements, and the players include Roland Hanna, Wilbur Bascomb, Hubert Laws, and Montego Joe – which kind of makes for a CTI-ish sound. Tracks include "Funky Situation", "Peace Movement", "25 Or 6 To 4", and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has light wear & a cutout hole.)

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Clark TerryIncomparable Clark Terry ... CD
Candid (UK), 1960/1961/1992/1993. New Copy ... $9.99 11.98
A compelling collection of work from the late trumpeter Clark Terry – material from two different slices of his career, brought together in a really illuminating way! The first half of the album features tracks from Terry's early 60s sessions for the Candid label – not just work from his own great album with Seldon Powell and Yusef Lateef on tenor and flute, but also an especially great date with Cecil Taylor on piano, Archie Shepp on tenor, Steve Lacy on soprano, and Roswell Rudd on trombone – really showing Clark holding his own amidst these important modernists! The later work is equally nice – but in a very different way – a mature Terry blowing beautifully in a relaxed live setting, with players who include Seldon Powell on tenor, Jesse Davis on alto, and either Barry Harris, Roland Hanna, or Don Friedman on piano. Titles include "Jumpin Punkins", "Hackensack", "Jive At Five", "The Snapper", "Ow", "Flintstones", "Blues For Rebecca", "Rhythm Ride", and "Naystye Blues". CD

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Joe WilliamsPresenting Joe Williams And Thad Jones Mel Lewis ... LP
Solid State, 1968. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $13.99
A funky big band album, recorded by Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, with the great Joe Williams on vocals! The record is one of the most sought-after by the team – probably because it includes the hard breakbeat version of "Get Out of My Life Woman" that's been sampled often over the years. (Actually, hasn't every version of it been sampled by someone?) The other tracks are pretty funky, too, with nice soul groovers like "Night Time Is The Right Time", "Woman's Got Soul", and "How Sweet It Is". Players include Pepper Adams, Joe Farrell, Jerome Richardson, and Roland Hanna – and the Jones/Lewis group is at the height of its hipness here! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a light stain inside the gatefold, a light mark from sticker removal on front, and a bit of tape residue on back.)

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VariousComplete Beehive Recordings (12CD set) ... CD
Beehive/Mosaic, Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy 12CD ... $168.99 169.00
The long-awaited CD debut of work from the excellent and short-lived Beehive Records – a Chicago company started in the late 70s, to continue the best 60s spirit of Blue Note and Prestige – with a top-shelf roster that included artists like Curtis Fuller, Clifford Jordan, Dizzy Reece, and Johnny Hartman! At a time when most other labels had forgotten about straight, solid, acoustic jazz – Chicago collector Jim Neumann decided to start getting back to basics, and give some of his hardbop heroes a place to record – starting the Beehive label with his wife and just a shoestring budget, and pursing artists who weren't being recorded properly at the time! The result is an excellent run of records – all of which were only issued on vinyl in the late 70s and early 80s, and appear here on CD for the first time ever – in a wonderful package that adds in notes on every session, and traces the short, but wonderful run of Beehive. Like many small labels, Beehive's fame and success was hampered by reasons of distribution and cashflow – but that never kept their music from sounding as best as it possibly could – with plenty of room for the soloists to open up and do their thing, and no attempt at all to modernize or commercialize the recordings. The sessions sparkle like lost gems from overlooked sessions at Rudy Van Gelder's – and offer up a great picture of artists who were almost lost to the record racks at the times – and the 12CD set features the full albums: Baritone Madness by Nick Brigola (with Ted Curson and Pepper Adams); Burn Brigade by Nick Brigola (with Ronnie Cuber, Walter Davis Jr, and Cecil Payne); Neo Nistico by Sal Nistico (with Ted Curson, Ronnie Mathews, and Nick Brigola); Fire & Filigree by Curtis Fuller (with Sal Nistico and Walter Bishop Jr); Manhattan Project by Dizzy Reece (with Clifford Jordan and Charles Davis); Hyde Park After Dark by Clifford Jordan and Von Freeman; Dr Chicago by Clifford Jordan (with Jaki Byard and Red Rodney); Once In Every Life by Johnny Hartman; Starfingers by Sal Salvador (with Eddie Bert and Nick Brignola); Juicy Lucy by Sal Salvador (with Billy Taylor); Roots Branches & Dances by Ronnie Mathews (with Frank Foster); Legacy by Ronnie Mathews (with Bill Hardman and Ricky Ford); New York Jazz Quartet In Chicago by Roland Hanna (with Frank Wess); In High Profile by Dick Katz (with Jimmy Knepper and Frank Wess); Truckin & Trackin by Junior Mance (with David Newman); and Keep On Pushin by Arnett Cobb (with Joe Newman, Al Grey, & Junior Mance). CD
(Numered, limited edition of 5000!)

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Arnett Cobb & Guy LafitteDefinitive Black & Blue Sessions – Tenor Abrupt ... CD
Black & Blue (France), 1980. New Copy ... About May 1, 2016
Nothing abrupt here, as the sound is fluid and free – a great groove that almost gets as much from the sound of the rhythm section as it does from the tenor stars upfront! The aging tones of saxophone giants Arnett Cobb and Guy Lafitte are captured here with even more warmth and sensitivity than usual for the Black & Blue label – not just because the setting's a live one, with a fair bit of space – but also because the rhythm section features Roland Hanna on piano, Jimmy Woode on bass, and Eddie Locke on drums – a really tremendous trio who bring a surprising amount of depth to the record, and really help keep the album from falling into any sort of "tenor summit" cliches! Hanna's touch is especially welcome – a bit gentle and lyrical, but in a mode that brings out those qualities perfectly in Lafitte's horn – and which also stands well on its own during some key solo passages. Titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amours", "Blues Abrupt", "The Nearness Of You", "Blues In Deauville", "Go Red Go", and "Make Someone Happy". CD features 3 tracks not on the original album! CD

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✨✧ Charles MingusMingus Dynasty ... CD
Columbia (France), 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A late 50s classic by the great Charles Mingus – his follow-up to the seminal Mingus Ah-Um, and a set that's got a very similar flavor! As with some of Mingus' best material for Columbia, the album has him working with a slightly larger ensemble, but still holding onto the intensity of his smaller groups from a few years before – a way of merging the voices of saxophonists like Booker Ervin, John Handy, Benny Goldson, and Jerome Richardson – yet still allowing them space to break out with moments of pride and power that really send the whole thing home! This mix of the individual and ensemble is key to the Mingus genius of the period – and is also heard in the work of Roland Hanna on piano, Donald Ellis on trumpet, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, and Theodore Cohen on vibes – all of whom work alongside Charles' key drummer of the time, the great Dannie Richmond. Titles include "Diane", "Song With Orange", "Gunslinging Bird", and "Far Wells Mill Valley" – and a haunting take on "Mood Indigo". CD

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✨✧ VariousSonny Lester Presents Jazz For A Sunday Afternoon Vol 1 – The Pianos ... CD
LRC, Late 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks by Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Roland Hanna, McCoy Tyner, Kenny Barron and more. CD

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✨✧ Dee Dee BridgewaterAfro Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Trio (Japan), 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of the greatest jazz vocal albums of all time – and one of the first true moments of genius from a young Dee Dee Bridgewater! The album's a Japanese only release (proof that they're always hipper to our jazz artists than we are!) – and it features Dee Dee singing material that's quite different than her later R&B-inflected sides from the late 70s – very soaring and spiritual work, delivered in a way that set a whole new standard for jazz at the time! Backing is by a small combo with brothers Ron and Cecil Bridgweater, plus Roland Hanna on acoustic and electric piano, George Mraz on bass, and Motohiko Hino on drums and percussion – but the star of the set is always Dee Dee, who sparkles beautifully on the album's classic versions of "Afro Blue" and "Little B's Poem" – both of which have been redone by many other singers over the years. Other great cuts include "People Make The World Go Round", "Love From The Sun", and "Love Vibrations". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Afro Blue (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD 24.99
 
 
 



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