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✨✧ Johnny GriffinJohnny Griffin Sextet ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Few people could make a session cook like Johnny Griffin in his early years – and this late 50s sextet date is great proof of that fact! The album's a relaxed, open, almost unstructured set that might be dubbed a "blowing session", were it not for the tightness of the players and the relatively unified feel of the date. Griffin's tenor is very firmly in the lead, and he's very clearly the leader here – helping shape the sound of the group that includes Donald Byrd on trumpet, Pepper Adams on baritone, Kenny Drew on piano, Wilbur Ware on bass, and Philly Joe Jones on drums. There's some really hard-wailing extended numbers that come across as full-on hardbop workouts – really driving things along as you might guess with a rhythm section like that in action – but other tunes show some more fully-fleshed sounds from the group – that slight undercurrent of modern expression that was always present in Griff's music. Titles include "Johnny GG", "Catharsis", "Stix Trix", and "What's New" – plus a take on "Woody N You" that just has Griffin wailing along with the rhythm section! CD
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✨✧ Cocteau TwinsTreasure ... CD
4AD, 1984. Used ... $3.99
Titles include "Otterley", "Donimo", "Amelia", "Beatrix", "Persephone", and "Pandora". CD
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Dizzy GillespieMatrix – The Perception Sessions (The Real Thing/Portrait Of Jenny/Giants) ... CD
Perception/Castle (UK), 1970/1971. Used 2CD ... $6.99
Excellent funk from Dizzy Gillespie – featuring all 3 of his albums for the legendary Perception label! The Real Thing is an amazing mix of funky jazz, cool rhythms, and some nice Latin-tinged grooves – and it's a stunning representation of the way that Dizzy kept on growing as a musician, long after his bebop years were over. James Moody sits in with some very funky tenor, and Mike Longo is on piano. Tracks include "N'Bani", "Matrix", "Soul Kiss", "Ding A Ling", and "Alligator" – all short, hard, and funky! Next up is Portrait Of Jenny, which has a cool electric feel that you don't really associate with Diz. The whole album has a sly sweet funky sound that's part CTI/part Latin-tinged Dizzy – and the real strength is the great Mike Longo, who plays some amazing stretched out piano lines, which work perfectly with the basslines on the record as a foil for Dizzy's sparkling trumpet solos. The album's got 4 long cuts – including the excellent "Me N Them", plus "Olinga" and "Diddy Wa Diddy". The last set is Giants – a live recording that features Dizzy with Mary Lou Williams and Bobby Hackett, in a pretty mellow, pretty straight setting that shows that Diz could still play straight jazz when he wanted to. Titles include "Love For Sale", "Caravan", "My Man", and "Birks Works". 2 CDs, with 21 tracks in all! CD
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✨✧ Velvet UndergroundComplete Matrix Tapes (4CD set) ... CD
Polydor, 1969. Used 4 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The first-ever full release of material from the Velvet Underground's amazing run at The Matrix in San Francisco – part of which were issued previously on the Robert Quine collection, all finally out together in one overstuffed set! If you only know the Velvets in the studio, the group in a live setting is something else entirely – often a lot noisier and more unbridled, with especially strong interplay on the guitars – cascading sheets and layers of sound that show just how strongly these guys were influencing generations to come – years ahead of their time, with styles that few others would touch until the Sonic Youth generation! Quine's tapes are great, and full of fire – and there's lots of improvisation going on that makes versions of the same song sound quite different. Plus, some of the tracks here are ones that later appeared on Loaded – worked out in live versions long before the group took them in the studio – all in a whopping 42 tracks on 4CDs, with titles that include "Heroin", "Sweet Jane", "Rock & Roll", "I Can't Stand It", "White Light/White Heat", "Ocean", "We're Gonna Have A Real Good Time Together", "Lisa Says", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "Over You", "Some Kinda Love", "Sweet Bonnie Brown/Too Much", "After Hours", "Pale Blue Eyes", "Venus In Furs", "Black Angel's Death Song", "There Shoe Goes Again", "New Age", and a 36 minute version of "Sister Ray"! CD

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✨✧ Chick CoreaNow He Sings, Now He Sobs ... CD
Blue Note, 1968. Used ... Out Of Stock
Excellent early trio material from Chick – and proof that he could really be a fantastic player when he wanted to be! The album's filled with wonderful lyrical playing, and some of the best compositions of Corea's early career – all sparkling and bright, filled with creativity and imagination, and not crippled by overindulgence. Titles include "Now He Sings – Now He Sobs", "Steps – What Was", "Matrix", and "The Law Of Falling & Catching Up". CD features bonus tracks and 24 bit remastering! CD
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✨✧ John McLaughlinPromise ... CD
Verve, 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
A far reaching set from fusion rooted, but boundlessly talented jazz guitarist John McLaughlin – featuring an all star roster of guests and admirers and a stylistic sprawling set of numbers! A few numbers with voice accompaniment add a spiritual depth, but for the most part, Promise intends to provide a snapshot of the McLaughlin's reach, from electric fusion to straighter post bop jazz and beyond – and the promise is delivered. Titles include "Django", "Thelonius Melodius" with a verse of Dante read by Stefania Bimbi, "Amy And Joseph", "The Wish", "English Jam", "The Peacocks" with a verse of Garcia Lorea read by Susana Beatrix, "Shin Jin Rui", "El Ciego" and more. CD
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