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Louis ArmstrongPops Is Tops – The Verve Studio Albums (I've Got The World On A String/Louis Under The Stars/Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson/bonus tra ... CD
Verve, 1957. New Copy 4CD ... $39.99 49.99
Louis Armstrong only recorded briefly as a solo act for the Verve label (apart from his famous recordings with Ella Fitzgerald) – but he made some excellent albums for the legendary imprint, all of which are included here with a huge amount of bonus tracks too! CD 1 features the great I've Got The World On A String – one of two excellent vocal albums that Louis cut for Verve – some of the best of his career, and graced with amazing arrangements by Russ Garcia! The sound's a lot purer than some of the pop vocal albums that Louis cut for other labels, like Decca – and he both sings and plays trumpet on tracks like "When Your Lover Has Gone", "We'll Be Together Again", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "I've Got The World On A String". Under The Stars follows in similar format – again matching the trumpet and vocals of Armstrong with arranger Russ Garcia – whose modern, west coast approach is a nice change from some of the other charts that Louis was using in the 50s and 60s. There's a nice swing to most numbers, a sense of punctuation that works perfectly for Louis – and titles include "East Of The Sun", "Top Hat White Tie & Tails", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "Stormy Weather", "Home", and "Body & Soul". Third up is Louis Armstrong Meets Oscar Peterson, presented here in its original mono mix. The album's gentle-going genius from the later years of Satchmo's career – a session that has Louis on trumpet and vocals, backed by the Oscar Peterson Trio! Peterson's usual group with Herb Ellis and Ray Brown is expanded slightly for this outing – bringing in Louis Bellson on drums to syncopate the tunes a bit more strongly, and give them that gently swinging rhythm that always works well with Armstrong's style. The real surprise, though, is Louis' voice – which is simple, almost elegant at times – and free from some of the gimmicks of other 50s sessions, or the too-playful style of his better-known duets of the period. We really love his gentle, honest approach to the lyrics here – on tunes that include "I'll Never Be The Same", "Moon Song", "What's New", "There's No You", "You Go To My Head", "That Old Feeling", and "Let's Fall In Love". CDs 1 to 3 each feature bonus tracks from the original albums – including alternates, session takes, and more. CD4 features A Day With Satchmo – which offers up 24 tracks from a recording session on August 1, 1957 – really showing the care and craft that went into the creation of a handful of songs that day! CD

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✨✧ Basso Valdambrini QuintetBasso Valdambrini Quintet (Verve) ... LP
Verve, 1959. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A sharp-edged session of tremendous trumpet and tenor interplay – served up by the legendary quintet of Gianni Basso and Oscar Valdambrini! The album's got a sound that's as hip as it looks – a great approach to 50s modern jazz, done in a style that's equally influenced by west coast cool and east coast hardbop! Valdambrini's trumpet is beautifully measured throughout – with echoes of both Kenny Dorham and Chet Baker – offset by some deeper grooving on tenor from Basso, who plays with a strength and command that few American players of the time could match. Titles include "Come Out Wherever You Are", "Lo Struzzo Oscar", "Lotar", "Gone With The Wind", "Parlami D'Amore Mariu", and "Fan Tan". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing!)

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Bill EvansComplete Bill Evans On Verve (18CD set) ... CD
Verve (Italy), 1960s. New Copy 18CD ... $59.99
A real treasure trove of music from the legendary Bill Evans – the complete recordings the pianist made for Verve Records in the 60s, including trio sessions, solo material, and interesting larger projects as well – plus alternate takes, unissued material, and lots more gems! Evans hit Verve at the height of his powers – already coming off important early records for the Riverside label, and working with Verve with superb recording quality, and great care for Evans as an artist – which allowed Bill to further flower in his familiar trio setting, and also try out solo recordings, and work with other co-leaders who include arranger Gary McFarland, tenorist Stan Getz, guitarist Jim Hall, and singer Monica Zetterlund – all of whom work closely with Evans on a session. The box features remastering for all sides, and includes over 250 tracks in a really overstuffed package! CD

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldVerve's Choice – Best Of Ella Fitzgerald ... LP
Verve, Late 50s/Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $7.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small sticker on one corner.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongComplete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong On Verve (3CD set) ... CD
Verve, 1956/1957. Used 3CD ... $14.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Stan Getz/Bob BrookmeyerStan Getz/Bob Brookmeyer – Recorded Fall 1961 (Verve master edition) ... CD
Verve, 1961. Used ... $6.99
A great lost Verve album that stands as one of Stan Getz's best sessions from the early 60s – a brilliant pairing with Bob Brookmeyer that shows just how much each player had grown in the past decade! There's a strongly modernist feel to the record – more Brookmeyer's influence than Getz's usual bag – with long tracks that move almost airily at times, and which feature some beautiful interplay between tenor and trombone. Rhythm is by a very hip trio of Steve Kuhn on piano, Roy Haynes on drums, and John Neves on bass – and the work's got a great balance between freedom and more focused blowing! Titles include "Minuet Circa 61", "Thump, Thump, Thump", and "Who Could Care". CD
(Out of print.)

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Astrud GilbertoVerve Jazz Masters 9 ... CD
Verve, Mid 60s. Used ... $1.99
15 tracks of breathy bossa brilliance! CD

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Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Sonny RollinsSonny Side Up (Verve Master Edition) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $2.99
A great little blowing session for Verve – one that has Dizzy Gillespie working here with two different "Sonnys" – Sonny Stitt and Sonny Rollins, both of whom play tenor on the set! The tracks here are all quite long and open – more loose vehicles for extended soloing than the usual sort of Verve tracks – almost a mini-jam session with the three horn giants in the lead. Rhythm is from the trio of Ray Bryant on piano, Tommy Bryant on bass, and Charlie Persip on drums – but the real stars are the horn players – not just Diz, who cuts some of his hippest lines of the late 50s here, but also Rollins and Stitt, who seem to get a bit more care in recording than they did over at Prestige earlier in the decade. Album features 4 long tracks – "On The Sunny Side Of The Street", "After Hours", "I Know That You Know", and "The Eternal Triangle". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Langston Hughes with Charles MingusWeary Blues (Verve pressing) ... LP
VSP/Verve, 1958. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A landmark meeting of two talents! This rare session has the poet Langston Hughes reading his own jazz-based work, set to arrangements by Charles Mingus, with additional work by Horace Parlan. Hughes' voice is incredible – a bit frail, with a wispy integrity that really opens up his own writings. Hughes was always a big jazz listener, and his work in this respect is a perfect consummation of ideas that he'd always said were present in his work. Titles include "Could Be", "Testament", "Commercial Theater", "Consider Me", "Jump Monk", and "Weird Nightmare". LP, Vinyl record album
(VSP pressing.)

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✨✧ Illinois JacquetFlying Home – The Best Of The Verve Years ... CD
Verve, Early 50s. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Wes MontgomeryBest Of Wes Montgomery (Verve) ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Very Good Gatefold ... $4.99
A collection of sides cut in the mid 60s by Wes during his association with Verve. Culled from the albums Movin' Wes, Bumpin', Goin' Out Of My Head and Tequila, these numbers all feature the larger arrangements that gave those albums a richer sound than his small group recordings, though Wes' soulful playing shines over top. Arrangements are by Oliver Nelson, Johnny Pate, Claus Ogerman and Don Sebesky and the tracks are 'Tequila", "Movin' Wes (part 1)", "End Of A Love Affair", "Naptown Blues", "Con Alma", "Goin' Out of My Head", "How Insensitive (Insensatez)", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Caravan" and "Bumpin' On Sunset". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a name in marker.)

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Charlie ParkerBird – The Complete Charlie Parker On Verve (10 CD set) ... CD
Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 10 CDs ... $19.99
A jazz treasure chest – an extraordinary bounty of Bird on Verve! You get absolutely everything here, master takes, alternate takes, loads of previously unissued material, rehearsals, incomplete takes, you get it all! Sidemen include Benny Carter, Kenny Clarke, Miles Davis, Roy Eldridge, Gil Evans, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny Hodges, John Lewis, Machito, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Ben Webster and Lester Young. There's 177 (!!) tracks in all, so we can't list all the titles here, but some of them include "Blues For Norman", "The Bird", "Repetition", "No Noise", "Okiedoke", "The Opener", "Lester Leaps In", "Flyin' Home", "Perdido", "Everything Happens To Me", "April In Paris", "Summertime", "I Didn't Know What Time It Was", "Bloomdido", "Mohawk", "My Melancholy Baby", "Leapfrog", "East Of The Sun", "I'll Remember April", "Au Privave", "KC Blues", "Swedish Schnapps", "Estrellita", "Funky Blues", "Jam Blues", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Note: this set is missing the box & booklet, it is just the CD's with accompanying artwork in their jewel cases. Out of print.)

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Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker – Bird On Verve Volume 5 ... LP
Verve (France), 1951. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A bit small group, a bit Latin – and a nice collection that features two 1951 sessions by Charlie Parker! Side one features a quintet side – done with Walter Bishop on piano, Miles Davis on trumpet, Teddy Kotick on bass, and Max Roach on drums – all playing master takes and alternates of tunes that include "Au Privave", "She Rote", "Star Eyes", and "KC Blues". Side two features Parker, Bishop, Kotick, and Roy Haynes – plus added Latin percussion – on tracks that include "Un Poquito De Tu Amor", "Fiesta", "Tico Tico", and "My Little Suede Shoes". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s French pressing. Cover has a lightly bent corner.)

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Charlie ParkerSouth Of The Border – Bird On Verve Vol 6 ... LP
Verve, 1951/1952. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Killer Latin jazz from Charlie Parker – plus some great bop too! This 80s reissue collects several early 50s sides of fiery bop from Bird, a few with a distinctly Latin flavor. The first 7 tracks are a quintet side, featuring Red Rodney, John Lewis, Ray Brown & Kenny Clarke running through a couple of versions of "Swedish Schnapps", "Back Home Blues", "Lover Man" & a few more, then there's a few standards with strings and a larger ensemble, and finally the Latin numbers recorded with a slightly larger group performing "Estrellita", "Begin the Beguine", "La Paloma" & 2 more. LP, Vinyl record album
(French 80s pressing.)

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerVerve Years 1948 to 1950 ... LP
Verve, Late 40s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
Part 2 of a series of double LPs issued by Verve in the late 70s compiling Bird's classic recordings for Verve under the direction of Norman Granz. Loads of landmark bop performances are documented here, mostly smaller groups, but several with orchestral backing too, with sidemen that include Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Hank Jones, Ray Brown, Thelonius Monk and others. 22 tracks in all, including "The Bird", "Passport", "April In Paris", "Summertime", "Everything Happens To Me", "Star Eyes", "Mohawk", "Leapfrog" and "Relaxin' With Lee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has clear tape on the spine.)

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✨✧ Charlie Parker & Dizzy GillespieBird & Diz (Verve) ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Very Good ... $28.99
A classic meeting of two giants from the early years of bop – altoist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie – brought together here in a session that Norman Granz would later list as one of the truest realizations of his vision for recording jazz music! Parker's sharp lines are a great contrast to the robust horn work of Diz – and the players work here with a rhythm section that features Thelonious Monk on piano, Curley Russell on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums. Titles include "Relaxin With Lee", "Leap Frog", "Oscar For Treadwell", and "Mohawk". The LP also includes a number of alternate takes, and has a nice photo of the 2 jazz giants on the cover. LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove! Cover has light wear, a small blue spot in one corner, and some light splitting on the top seam.)

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Sonny StittOnly The Blues (Verve Elite pressing – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $14.99
Probably the most classic of Stitt's sides for Verve – and certainly the one that gets rated time and time again by jazz collectors. We think it's pretty darn great – although we always wonder why folks don't give Stitt's other sides for Verve as much of a chance, because they're all pretty darn excellent! The record's a very laidback session, with 4 long tracks that feature plenty of room for Stitt to meander along on his solos. The group includes Roy Eldridge, Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Stan Levey – and titles include "The String", "BW Blues", and "Blues For Bags". CD
(Out of print Verve Elite pressing – with bonus tracks. Includes original slipcase.)

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✨✧ Joe WilliamsEvery Day – The Best Of The Verve Years ... CD
Verve, Mid 50s/Late 80s. Used 2 CDs ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Lester YoungPres (Verve) ... LP
Verve, 1950/1951. Near Mint- ... $13.99
As beautiful an illustration of the genius of Lester Young as you could ever hope to find – tight, short small group numbers recorded with a keen focus on Young's amazing tone – all served up with beautiful sound throughout! The cover bills the set as being by Young and his orchestra, but the material's presented in a variety of different small group settings – with Verve regulars who include Ray Brown on bass, Hank Jones or John Lewis on piano, and Buddy Rich or Joe Jones on drums. There's no other horns on the date, so Lester's tenor is right out front on all numbers – and titles include "Little Pee Blues", "Neenah", "Thou Swell", "Up N Adam", "Encore", and "Frenesi". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese pressing.)

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VariousVerve Remixed 2 ... CD
Verve, 1960s/2003. Used ... $2.99
Classic jazz for the 21st century – a treasure trove of tunes from Verve Records, all remixed for the modern dancefloor! The set's the second in Verve's Remixed series – and unlike the first, which focused mostly on vocal numbers, this one throws in some instrumental killers that are among some of our favorite in the catalog! The overall groove is much more expanded from the first session – way past the standard of floating vocals, keys, and beats – into a realm of abstract jazz that really gets at the heart of the project! 14 tracks in all – with "Manteca" by Dizzy Gillespie remixed by Funky Lowlives, "Here's That Rainy Day" by Astrud Gilberto remixed by Koop, "Naima's Love Song" by Betty Carter remixed by DJ Spinna, "Fried Neckbones & Some Home Fries" by Willie Bobo remixed by Dan The Automator, "Soul Sauce" by Cal Tjader remixed by Fila Brasillia, "Do What You Wanna" by Ramsey Lewis remixed by Mr Scruff, "Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair" by Nina Simone remixed by Jaffa, "Mama" by Hugh Masekela remixed by Metro Area, "Whatever Lola Wants" by Sarah Vaughan remixed by Gotan Project, "Blues For Brother George Jackson" by Archie Shepp remixed by Mondo Grosso, and "Brother Where Are You" by Oscar Brown Jr remixed by Matthew Herbert. CD
(Barcode has a sticker.)

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VariousVerve Story – 1944 to 1994 (4CD set) ... CD
Verve, Mid 40s/1950s/1960s/1970s/1980s/Mid 90s. Used 4 CD ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print. Includes original slipcase and booklet. BMG Direct pressing.)

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✨✧ Count BasieComplete Clef/Verve Count Basie Fifties Studio Recordings (8CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, 1950s. Used 8 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print, numbered limited edition pressing! Includes original box, book, and all 8 CDs in their cases (three of which are still factory sealed)– all in great condition!)

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✨✧ Billie HolidayFirst Verve Sessions ... LP
Verve, 1952/1953/1954. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
24 great numbers from Billie's first couple of years recording for Verve, capturing her at her prime with a number of great little groups. Includes "How Deep Is The Ocean (How high Is The Moon)", "He's Funny That Way", "Love For Sale", "You Go To My Head", "East Of The Sun (West OF The Moon)", "These Foolish Tings", "Solitude", "Love For Sale", "My Man", "Love Come Back", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "Stormy Weather" and more! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Charlie Parker & Dizzy GillespieBird & Diz (Verve master edition with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, Early 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic meeting of two giants from the early years of bop – altoist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie – brought together here in a session that Norman Granz would later list as one of the truest realizations of his vision for recording jazz music! Parker's sharp lines are a great contrast to the robust horn work of Diz – and the players work here with a rhythm section that features Thelonious Monk on piano, Curley Russell on bass, and Buddy Rich on drums. Titles include "Relaxin With Lee", "Leap Frog", "Oscar For Treadwell", and "Mohawk". The LP also includes a number of alternate takes, and has a nice photo of the 2 jazz giants on the cover. This CD version includes all the takes from the sessions, including chatter between takes, 20 b9it restoration, new liner notes, photographs and cover art. CD

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✨✧ Arthur PrysockPortrait Of Arthur Prysock (Verve) ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Genius! It's hard to go wrong with Arthur Prysock in the 60s – and an album like this is key proof of why he was one of the best male singers of his generation – even if nobody seems to remember that now! There's a mix of darkness in with the bold, adult, masculine approach here – a wonderful blend that really keeps things on edge. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has wear, a cutout hole, masking tape on the spine & top seam, a mostly split bottom seam and sticker.)

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✨✧ Cal TjaderTalkin' Verve – Roots Of Acid Jazz ... CD
Verve, 1960s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Well, we don't know about the "roots of acid jazz" part – but this is definitely a great batch of jazzy tracks! This 16 track sampler runs for over 70 minutes long, and it contains some of the best of Cal's work for Verve – a mix of jazzy, Latin, and groovy tunes, all with Cal's vibes firmly in the lead, and some great work on percussion, guitar, flute, or electric piano backing him up! The track selection is great – and makes for a lively party that's a perfect introduction to his work, and a wonderful batch of hits and lesser-known favorites that's just as great to revisit even if you do know his music. Titles include "Fuji", "Cal's Bluedo", "Insight", "Los Bandidos", "Triste", "Mambo In Miami", "Manteca", "Los Jibaros", "Tokyo Blues", "Maramoor Mambo", and "Cuando Cuando Que Sera". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Cannonball AdderleyVerve Jazz Masters 31 ... CD
Verve, 1950s. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)
 
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Gene Ammons & Sonny StittBoss Tenors ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, 1961. Used ... $5.99
Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt go head to head in this classic album of tracks that perfectly captures the joy and fury of their live performances from years before! The record was cut in Chicago with a very hard rhythm section that includes John Houston on piano, Charles Williams on bass, and George Brown on drums – and it's way heavier than the usual Verve "meeting of the masters" session, and feels more like a record that should have been issued on Prestige or Argo. Both players are impeccable, and the solos stretch out for a long long very live time. Titles include "Blues Up & Down", "The One Before This", and "Counter Clockwise" – but these guys even groove amazingly on standards like "Autumn Leaves" and "No Greater Love". CD

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✨✧ Gene Ammons & Sonny StittPrime Cuts (Boss Tenors & Boss Tenors In Orbit) ... LP
Verve, 1961/1962. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A nice little 2-fer collecting two great meetings of two greats! Jug and Stitt go head to head on Boss Tenors, a classic album of tracks that perfectly captures the joy and fury of their live performances from years before! The record was cut in Chicago with a very hard rhythm section that includes John Houston on piano, Charles Williams on bass, and George Brown on drums – and it's way heavier than the usual Verve "meeting of the masters" session, and feels more like a record that should have been issued on Prestige or Argo. Both players are impeccable, and the solos stretch out for a long long very live time. Titles include "Blues Up & Down", "The One Before This", and "Counter Clockwise" – but these guys even groove amazingly on standards like "Autumn Leaves" and "No Greater Love". Boss Tenors In Orbit was a follow up one year later, an obscure little session with the pair once again recreating the energy of their live shows – as they stretch out nicely on very long tracks that have spare backing by the Don Patterson trio! The cuts are mostly standard stuff – "John Brown's Body", "Walkin", "Long Ago And Far Away" – but the twin-tenor sound is great, and Patterson's free organ lines riff away nicely! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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Ernestine AndersonMy Kinda Swing ... CD
Mercury/Verve, 1960. Used ... $24.99
Ernestine works her way through a set of bluesy tunes with a spot of jazz – with backing by Ernie Wilkins orchestra, with players that include "Hank Jones, Tate Houston, Yusef Lateef, Ernie Royal, and Clark Terry. Titles include "My Kinda Love", "See See Rider", "All My Life", "Mound Bayou", "I'll Never Be The Same", and "Black Moonlight". Nice stuff, in the manner of her other albums on Mercury from the time! CD
(Out of print. Comes in a nice 5" paper sleeve – shaped just like a tiny record cover – very cool!)

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Fred Astaire with Oscar PetersonAstaire Story ... CD
Verve, 1952. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99 21.99
A really amazing set of recordings – vocal sessions done by Fred Astaire in the later season of his career – recorded in the studio with intimate backing by a Verve group that includes Oscar Peterson, Barney Kessel, Charlie Shavers, and Flip Phillips! The material features lovely new interpretations of tunes made famous by Astaire in films, but offered here in a much more relaxed, jazz-based mode. And whether you're a fan of his films or not, Astaire is one heck of a great singer – and hearing him in a setting like this, without the distraction of dancing or film, is really great proof of that fact! Titles include "Cheek To Cheek", "S'Wonderful", "You're Easy To Dance With", "Fascinating Rhythm", "Top Hat White Tie & Tails", "No Strings, I'm Fancy Free", and "I Concentrate On You" – plus a few instrumental numbers by the combo – 41 tracks in all! CD

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✨✧ Kenny BarronSambao ... CD
Verve/Gitanes, 1992. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Kenny BarronThings Unseen ... CD
Verve, 1997. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a small cutout hole.)

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Kenny BarronWanton Spirit ... CD
Verve, 1994. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout hole.)

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Kenny Barron & Mino CineluSwamp Sally ... CD
Verve, 1996. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Kenny Barron & Regina CarterFreefall ... CD
Verve, 2001. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Count BasieApril In Paris (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1955. Used ... $2.99
One of Basie's biggest albums – but still a work of pure genius! "April In Paris" is one of the darkest jazz standards ever written, and it never sounded better than in this original version, which features that great ending in which Basie and the band stop, then start, then stop – leaving you completely unresolved at the finish. The group's a strong one – with Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Freddie Green, Sonny Payne, Marshall Royal, Henry Coker, Joe Newman, and Thad Jones – and tracks include "Shiny Stockings", "Midgets", "Mambo Inn", "Sweety Cakes", and "Corner Pocket". Features 6 bonus tracks too! CD
(Verve Master Edition, slight tear on slipcover.)

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Count BasieBasie Roars Again ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $9.99
Titles include "Basie Goes Wess", "Peace Pipe", "Blues Go Away", "Stereophonic", "Mambo Mist", and "Sixteen Men Swinging" LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Clef Series pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Count BasieDance Session Vol 1 ... LP
Verve, 1953. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The first of Basie's excellent Dance Session albums for Verve – no-nonsense albums that really get at the high-grooving side of the group, and which feature the kind of compelling and catchy tunes that always made them a favorite on the dancefloor! The Count manages to play a bit of organ on the session, in the tone that we really like at the time – and arrangements are by Ernie Wilkins, Neal Hefti, Johnny Mandel, and Frank Wess – on tracks that include "Straight Life", "Basie Goes Wess", "Cherry Point, "Plymouth Rock", "Peace Pipe", and "Bubbles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Clef pressing, with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Count BasieInside Outside ... LP
Verve/VSP, Mid/Late 50s. Very Good- ... $0.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole & some wear.)

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Count BasieKen Burns Jazz ... CD
Verve, 1930s/1940s/1950s. Used ... $0.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Count BasieOn My Way & Shoutin Again – Count Basie Plays Music By Neal Hefti ... LP
Verve, 1962. Very Good- ... $1.99
A wonderful album of 60s Basie – one that focuses on the writing and arranging talents of the great Neal Hefti! Hefti's one of our favorite soundtrack composers of the decade, but in the years before his film fame, he was a frequent partner of Basie – and this album marks one of their greatest collaborations together. The tunes are very much in the "loud, then soft, then loud" mode that Hefti pioneered with Basie's angular group of the 50s – but they've also got some of the warmer, more whimsical touches that Neal would explore more fully in his later soundtrack work too. The result is a classic Basie session, but with plenty of surprises – featuring a fresh batch of tunes that includes "Jump For Johnny", "Ducky Bumps", "Rose Bud", "Shanghaied", "Together Again", and "Eee Dee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear & splitting.)

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Count BasieSwinging Count ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $11.99
An interesting little album by Basie – most notable in that it features him playing a bit of organ, which is always a treat! Basie's not the greatest talent on the organ, but he is one of the first jazz players to use the instrument in a wider context, and hearing the album's a good way to check out the organ jazz scene and sound before Jimmy Smith got his hands atop the Hammond and shook the whole thing up! Players on the set include Freddie Green, Paul Quinichette, Joe Newman, Buddy Rich, Henry Coker, and Ernie Wilkins – and titles include "Stan Shorthair", "Count's Organ Blues", "KC Organ Blues", "Royal Garden Blues", "Basie Beat", and "Extended Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Verve Inc pressing, with trumpter logo and deep groove. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Count Basie & His OrchestraBasie's Beatle Bag ... LP
Verve, 1966. Very Good ... $5.99
An amazing little record – with results that are even greater than the sum of its parts! As you'd guess from the title, Count Basie takes on the 60s sounds of The Beatles – but he's doing so with arrangements from the great Chico O'Farrill – who really keeps things interesting throughout – throwing in those hip rhythms and odd twists and turns he first forged with his Latin recordings – in ways that definitely live up to the groovy pedigree of the tunes. And the Basie group's got a groovier sound than usual – probably due to the arrangements – and Basie plays some nice organ riffs on a number of the album's tracks – one of the Count's rare outings on the instrument, always a treat. Titles include "Help!", "Can't Buy Me Love", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "All My Loving", and "And I Love Her". Proof that The Beatles' influence was way farther reaching than you'd ever expect! LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM stereo pressing. Cover has light wear & an ink stamp.)

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Count Basie & Joe WilliamsCount Basie Swings & Joe Williams Sings (aka Count Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings) ... LP
Verve, 1956. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Count Basie plays the piano and Joe Williams sings in his bluesy way and they are backed by a slew of musicians who include Thad Jones on trumpet, Ben Powell on trombone, Frank Foster on tenor saxophone, Sonny Payne on drums and many, many others. Frank Foster did all of the arrangements and the tracks include Williams' "My Baby Upsets Me", "Ev'ry Day", "April In Paris", and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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Count Basie & Joe WilliamsCount Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings ... CD
Clef/Verve, 1955. Used ... $2.99
Count Basie plays the piano and Joe Williams sings in his bluesy way and they are backed by a slew of musicians who include Thad Jones on trumpet, Ben Powell on trombone, Frank Foster on tenor saxophone, Sonny Payne on drums and many, many others. Frank Foster did all of the arrangements and the tracks include Williams' "My Baby Upsets Me", "Ev'ry Day", and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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

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Brian Blade & The Fellowship BandSeason Of Changes ... CD
Verve, 2008. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art BlakeyKen Burns Jazz ... CD
Verve, Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Blues ProjectBlues Project Live At Town Hall ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Some nice groovy moments here that really define the group – including the extended "Electric Flute Thing" and a nice take on "I Can't Keep From Crying". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Forecast pressing with deep groove. Cover has a half split top seam and some price sticker remnants.)

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Blues ProjectProjections ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good ... $9.99
A stone cooker from the Blues Project – a fantastic mix of blues, folk, and pretty darn hard rocking guitar – all recorded with a sense of freedom that really lets the group open up and do their thing! The album's overflowing with great original Al Kooper tunes – and the set's recorded with a great edge to the guitars, making for some wonderfully psychedelic moments – and a sheer raw power that's really let this one stand up over the years, without the kind of cliches you might expect from the group's name! Titles include "Fly Away", "Caress Me Baby", "Two Trains Running", "Steve's Song", "You Can't Catch Me", and "I Can't Keep From Crying". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Forecast pressing. Cover has some wear & small sticker & a name in pen.)

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Willie BoboBobo Motion ... CD
Verve, 1967. Used ... $13.99
Bobo Motion is groovy motion – heard here on one of Willie's best albums for Verve from the late 60s – a really unique blend of jazz, Latin, and soul-based rhythms! The set's even tighter than some of Willie's other Verve records – and like the classic Uno Dos Tres, it's got some nicely greasy numbers that slide around wonderfully in the groove – next to others that are cleaner, leaner, and plenty darn jazzy! Willie sings a bit on the record, but not much – and the real highlight is the heavy timbales on most of the rhythms, and the crack small combo Latin sound throughout. All tracks are great – and even familiar numbers sound fresh under the Bobo touch! Titles include "Ain't That Right", "Cute", "Evil Ways", "Show Me", "Black Coffee", "Night Walk", and "La Bamba". CD
(Out of print. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Willie BoboNew Dimension (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve, 1968. Used ... $9.99
Latin soul percussionist Willie Bobo hits a new dimension here – singing as well as playing timbales, hitting a groovy groove that's perfect for his rough and ready vocals! The track list is a mix of 60s soul covers and a few very tasty original tunes – all done in a mod style that's right up there with the best sound of Verve at the end of the 60s – and about half the tracks are instrumentals, half vocals. The players on the record are great – with Latin and jazz talents that include Sonny Henry, Freddie Waits, Jimmy Owens, and Victor Pantoja – grooving in tight combo format to support Willie's vocal efforts. Tracks include "Psychedelic Blues", "Sham Time", "Lisa", "Grazing In The Grass", "The Look Of Love", and "Yellow Days". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi, which has a cutout mark.)

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Willie BoboUno Dos Tres/Spanish Grease ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... $13.99
Nice nice reissue of two rare Latin soul albums that Willie Bobo recorded for Verve in the mid 60s! Uno Dos Tres is certainly one of Willie's best-ever albums, and it's paired here with Spanish Grease, which is monsterously hard to find on vinyl. Both records are filled with groovy numbers that hit the good mix of soul and Latin that was coming out of the New York scene at the time. Highlights include the amazing "Fried Neckbones & Some Home Fries" (one of our all-time faves!), plus "Boogaloo In Room 802", "Spanish Grease", "Elation", "Nessa", "I Remember Clifford", "Night Song", and groovy vocal and instrumental takes on "It's Not Unusual". 22 cuts in all, and very nicely packaged! CD
(Out of print.)

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Luiz BonfaBrazilian Scene ... CD
Philips/Verve (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $14.99
A great little session from Luiz Bonfa – one that features a hip core combo mixed with slightly larger backings – all in a groove that really stands out from other mainstream bossa albums of the 60s! Bonfa's acoustic guitar is set up here with Jerome Richardson on flute, Don Payne on bass, and Helcio Milito on drums – all working in a sound that's lightly touched with occasional bits of strings or woodwinds from Hal Mooney – never too much to over-sweeten the music, and often in ways that underscore the bluer, sadder tones in the music. Bonfa contributed to me great original tunes to the record that really stand out – numbers that include "Avocado", "Moonlight In Rio", "Embolada", "Her Face", "Dream Girl", "Sambalero", and "Zomba" – all of which make the record stand out from other familiar bossa tunes of the time. CD
(Part of the Bossa Nova 60th Celebration series!)

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Luiz BonfaLuiz Bonfa – Composer Of Black Orpheus Plays & Sings Bossa Nova ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1962. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the earliest of the classic Verve bossa nova sessions of the 60s – and a wonderful showcase for the talents of guitarist Luiz Bonfa! Most of Bonfa's previous recordings were done in a very spare or solo mode – and this set makes a nice change by adding in some larger orchestrations – yet still handled with great bossa sensitivity by Oscar Castro Neves and Lalo Schifrin – themselves very big up-and-coming talents at the time! The sound is bright and breezy, as you'd expect from Verve at this time – and Bonfa's a lot livelier than usual, and even sings on a number of cuts – with a charming quality that's a bit like Joao Gilberto. Titles include "Bossa Nova Cha Cha", "Sambalamento", "Vem So", "Samba De Duas Notas", "Domingo A Noite", "Quebra Mar", and "Adeus". CD
(Part of the Bossa Nova 60th Celebration series!)

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Brazilian GirlsNew York City ... CD
Verve, 2008. Used ... $3.99
... CD

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Dee Dee BridgewaterDear Ella ... CD
Verve, 1997. Used ... $2.99
A surprising sort of set, one in which Dee Dee Bridgewater pays tribute to Ella Fitzgerald – a link we might never have expected in her style! Dee Dee's not totally copping Ella here, though – although she does sing a good number of tunes from the Fitzgerald songbook – and as usual for Bridgewater, there's a pretty unique flavor to most of the material, something that comes through strongly with help from arrangers Lou Levy, Slide Hampton, and Cecil Bridgewater! The band's upbeat and groovy on most numbers – and titles include the Kenny Burrell-penned "Dear Ella", done as a duet, plus "How High The Moon", "Mack The Knife", "A Tisket A Tasket", "Midnight Sun", "Undecided", "Oh Lady Be Good", and "If You Can't Sing It You'll Have To Swing It (aka Mr Paganini)". CD

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Dee Dee BridgewaterJ'Ai Deux Amours ... CD
Verve/DBB Recrods, 2005. Used ... $3.99
A beautiful love letter from Dee Dee Bridgewater to her adopted home of Paris – sung in French, and with a feel that's quite different than much of her recent work! The style here wonderfully mixes together bits of jazz and more traditional chanson – in a style that recalls some of the recent work by Claude Nougaro, but which also has traces of some of Dee Dee's more intimate work as well. Marc Berthoumieux plays accordion on a number of tunes on the set, and Ira Coleman contributes some warmly soulful basslines that give the session a nice bottom grounding – especially on the mellower tunes. Titles include "Mon Homme", "Et Maintenant", "La Belle Vie", "Dansez Sur Moi", "Avec Le Temps", "Les Feuilles Mortes", and "Ne Me Quitte Pas". CD
Also available J'Ai Deux Amours ... CD 4.99

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Dee Dee BridgewaterJ'Ai Deux Amours ... CD
Verve/DBB Recrods, 2005. Used ... $4.99
A beautiful love letter from Dee Dee Bridgewater to her adopted home of Paris – sung in French, and with a feel that's quite different than much of her recent work! The style here wonderfully mixes together bits of jazz and more traditional chanson – in a style that recalls some of the recent work by Claude Nougaro, but which also has traces of some of Dee Dee's more intimate work as well. Marc Berthoumieux plays accordion on a number of tunes on the set, and Ira Coleman contributes some warmly soulful basslines that give the session a nice bottom grounding – especially on the mellower tunes. Titles include "Mon Homme", "Et Maintenant", "La Belle Vie", "Dansez Sur Moi", "Avec Le Temps", "Les Feuilles Mortes", and "Ne Me Quitte Pas". CD
Also available J'Ai Deux Amours ... CD 3.99

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Dee Dee BridgewaterLive In Paris ... CD
Impulse/Verve, 1986. Used ... $5.99
One of Dee Dee Bridgewater's greatest jazz albums, and a very important record in her career – as it marked a shift back to straight jazz vocals, after years of working in a more R&B inflected mode. The album's recorded in Paris, where Dee Dee's spent an awful lot of time over the years, and you can feel that familiarity in the way she presents the material – easily slipping back into a jazz vocal mode, working before an appreciative audience without any thoughts of crossover popularity, hitting that proud, strong, and free style that's been carrying her well for a number of years now. Includes a great version of "All Blues", plus the tracks "On A Clear Day", "Here's That Rainy Day", "There Is No Greater Love", and "Misty". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny BurrellGeneration Ago Today ... CD
Verve/Universal, 1967. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A really sweet little album from guitarist Kenny Burrell – one in which he takes older tunes ("a generation ago"), and updates them with a sweetly compressed Verve 60s groove ("today"!) The record features 2 small groups – one with Ron Carter on bass, Grady Tate on drums, and Phil Woods on some mighty nice alto sax – and another with Carter, Tate, and the great Richard Wyands on piano. The style is light, laidback, and recorded with a warm tone overall – in a mode that's almost a precursor to the CTI sound of the late 60s. Mike Maineri joins on vibes on one track – and titles include "Wholly Cats", "Rose Room", "As Long As I Live", and "A Smooth One". CD

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Uri CaineSphere Music ... CD
JMT/Verve, 1992. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Terry CallierWhat Color Is Love ... CD
Cadet/Verve, 1973. Used ... $6.99
Possibly the greatest album ever by the legendary Chicago soul singer Terry Callier! Terry's rich mellow voice is mixed with superb arrangements from the Cadet studio team, with Charles Stepney at the head, and the result is completely sublime. The songs are longer than on earlier albums – and spun out with a complex groove that mixes equal parts of jazz, folk, and soul with the soaring spiritual vibe that was running through the Chicago scene at the time. The first side alone is the stuff that legends are made of – with classic tracks like "Dancing Girl", "What Color is Love", and "You Goin' Miss Your Candyman" all in a row, sewn together in a wash of love, soul, and emotion that you'd be hard pressed to find on any other album from the time. Other tracks include "I'd Rather Be With You", "Just As Long As We're In Love", and "You Don't Care" – and the whole album's a masterpiece beyond compare! CD

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Betty CarterDroppin Things ... CD
Verve, 1990. Used ... $4.99
A record of incredible beauty – probably our favorite of all the Betty Carter comeback albums! The set starts with one of the most wonderful tunes Betty's ever written – "30 Years", a lightly grooving number told from the perspective of a woman who's losing her man after three decades of love, and which is carried off with a level of sincerity and soul that's simply incredible. The album also features a remake of Betty's classic "Open The Door", entitled "Open The Door '90", and featuring solos by Freddie Hubbard and Craig Handy. The whole thing's great, though – and other tracks include "What's The Use Of Wonderin", "Droppin Things", "I Love Music", and "Dull Day In Chicago". CD
(Out of print.)

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Betty CarterIt's Not About The Melody ... CD
Verve, 1992. Used ... $3.99
... CD

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Betty CarterLook What I Got ... LP
Verve, 1988. Very Good ... $1.99
Mellow magic from Betty – one of her first "comeback" albums for Verve, and an excellent set of tunes that still keeps the same feel as her 80s work on her own label. The group on most tunes is a trio – with Benny Green on piano, Michael Bowie on bass, and Winard Harper on drums – but some tracks feature additional tenor from Don Braden, blowing soulfully next to Betty's incredible voice. Tunes skip around with imagination and a sense of soul in places where you'd never expect it – and titles include "Look What I Got", "The Man I Love", "That Sunday That Summer", "All I Got", and "Just Like The Movies". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Ornette Coleman & Prime TimeTone Dialing ... CD
Harmolodic/Verve, 1995. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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John ColtraneKen Burns Jazz ... CD
Verve, Early 60s. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Artwork has a small cutout hole.)

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Elvis Costello & Allen ToussaintRiver In Riverse (CD & DVD) ... CD
Verve, 2006. Used 2Disc ... $4.99
A graceful collaboration between the ever-eclectic Elvis Costello and New Orleans legend Allen Toussaint – with Elvis's current backing group The Imposters providing a tight rhythmic backdrop that's punctuated by the Crescent City Horns! Toussaint's work as a producer/arranger/ace songwriter needs no introduction, and he and Costello & co. run through many great tracks from Toussaint's songbook in a sometimes mellow soul feel, and sometimes with some light Crescent City funk. Toussaint & Costello co-penned a number of new tracks for the set – mostly with an uplifting gospel soul inflection that's very nice! Tracks include "On Your Way Down", "Nearer To You", "Tears, Tears And More Tears", "The Sharpest Thorn", "Who's Gonna Help Brother Get Further?", "The River In Reverse", "Freedom For The Stallion", "Ascension Day", "All These Things", "Wonder Woman" and more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ CrusadersRural Renewal ... CD
Verve, 2003. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Blossom DearieMy Gentleman Friend (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Verve/Polygram (UK), 1959. Used ... $6.99
A magical exercise in understatement – and one of Blossom's best albums for Verve! The late 50s session features Blossom back in the US and working with a small combo that includes Bobby Jaspar on flute, Ray Brown on bass, Kenny Burrell on guitar, and Ed Thigpen on drums – all grooving with Blossom's vocals and piano in a spare, yet swinging approach to jazz! The tracks are touched with those wonderful little touches and sweetly-voiced moments that always make Blossom's records better than the rest – and titles include "Little Jazz Bird", "Gentleman Friend", "Boum", "L'Etang", and "Chez Moi". CD
(Out of print.)

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Billy EckstineEverything I Have Is Yours – The Best Of The MGM Years ... LP
Verve, Late 40s/1950s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Bill EvansAlone (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1968. Used ... $5.99
Solo work by Bill Evans – recorded in 1968, at a time when he was increasingly exploring gentleness in his work! The album's quite haunting – done with no other musicians, no overdubs (as in other solo 60s albums) – just Evans alone at the keys, expressing himself with a somber genius that's breathtaking in its subtlety. The album features a side-long version of "Never Let Me Go" – running for over 14 minutes, and worth the price of admission alone – plus "Here's That Rainy Day", "A Time For Love", "Midnight Mood" and "On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)". CD

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✨✧ Bill EvansSimple Matter Of Conviction ... LP
Verve, 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $24.99
Ostensibly simple stuff from Bill Evans, but pretty darn great – and a nice move into a more sophisticated vein than his earlier recordings! The album has him working with bassist Eddie Gomez, a hugely talented bassist that would be one of Bill's best partners during this period, and a player who added a nice dose of soul to the proceedings. The drummer is Shelly Manne, who's pretty nice, too – and really shows off some of his more sophisticated shadings here in the presence of Evans and Gomez – similar to his work on the great Empathy album. Tracks are shortish, but filled with imagination – and titles include "Unless It's You", "These Things Called Changes", "Stella By Starlight", and "A Simple Matter Of Conviction". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing on Polydor, with insert. Cover has clear tape on the spine.)

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Bill EvansUltimate Bill Evans ... CD
Verve, 1960s. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Art Farmer & Benny Golson JazztetJazztet At Birdhouse (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Argo/Verve, 1961. Used ... $9.99
One of the best albums ever by this crack soul jazz combo – the mighty Jazztet, an early 60s group led by Art Farmer and Benny Golson! The set was recorded in Chicago, and it features the group hard-grooving through some really well-arranged numbers – lively tunes with a snapping, in-the-pocket kind of groove, played with a lot more soul than you'd expect from either Golson or Farmer's solo albums. The rest of the group's great, too – and features Cedar Walton on piano, Tom McIntosh on trombone, and Albert Heath on drums. A few tracks are nice and long, and titles include "Farmer's Market", "Junction", "November Afternoon", and "Shutterbug". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available Jazztet At Birdhouse ... LP 9.99

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Frances FayeSwinging All The Way ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Very Good ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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Ella FitzgeraldClap Hands, Here Comes Charlie ... LP
Verve, 1961. Good+ ... $2.99
Titles include "Night In Tunisia", "Cry Me A River", "This Year's Kisses", "Music Goes Round & Round", "Clap Hands Here Comes Charlie", "My Reverie", and "You're My Thrill". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has wear with split top & bottom seams.)

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Ella FitzgeraldCompact Jazz ... CD
Verve, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print. BMG club pressing.)

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldElla At The Opera House ... LP
Verve, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Nice backing on most tracks by a small combo that features Oscar Peterson on piano and Herb Ellis on guitar – and a larger group on a few more, with Stan Getz, Coleman Hawkins, and Lester Young on tenors! Titles include "Stompin At The Savoy", "Goody Goody", "Ill Wind", and "Bewitched Bothered & Bewildered". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear with splitting seams.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla At Zardi's ... CD
Verve, 1956. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A previously-unreleased live performance by the legendary Ella Fitzgerald – recorded in a small club in Los Angeles during her first few months with the Verve label – but never issued at the time! The quality here is great, and the set captures Ella at a pivotal moment – stepping from the jazz underground to the huge stage of American fame where she'd shine in the 60s and 70s – with an initial stop at higher-class venues like this, where she could craft her vocal skills into a style that was virtually all her own! Make no mistake, Ella's still plenty jazzy and swinging here – but she's also already matured far past the style she was using at Decca just a few short years before – working with accompaniment from a trio that includes Don Abney on piano, Vernon Alley on bass, and Frank Capp on drums. CD presents material from both the first and second set of the performance – 21 tracks in all – and titles include "Why Don't You Do Right", "S Wonderful", "Glad To Be Unhappy", "Lullaby Of Birdland", "It All Depends On You", "Little Boy", "Airmail Special", "Bernie's Tune", "How High The Moon", and "Cry Me A River". CD

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings The Cole Porter Song Book ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, 1956. Used 2 CDs ... $5.99
This is a 60s set that brings together the 2 volumes released separately. Among the 30 plus songs are "All Through The Night", "Anything Goes", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "I Love Paris", "Easy To Love", "You're The Top", "Let's Do It", "Begin The Beguine", "Love For Sale", "It's Delovely", "Night And Day", and "I've Got You Under My Skin". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella FitzgeraldElla Fitzgerald Sings The George & Ira Gershwin Songbook – Vol 1 ... LP
Verve, 1959. Very Good- Gatefold ... $4.99
Sweet arrangements by Nelson Riddle! LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)

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Ella FitzgeraldHello Love ... CD
Verve, 1957/1959. Used ... $3.99
Ella swings it nicely with the orchestra of Frank DeVol on this set of standards and classics – an overlooked treat from her late 50s years – and a set that's overflowing with great little numbers! The album's got a sound that's lush at times, but never overly emotive – thanks to Ella's keen ear for jazz in the tunes, which works strongly against DeVol's sometimes tendency to overarrange. The album's a nice contrast to some of Ella's Songbook work from the time – and titles include "You Go To My Head", "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year", "Lost In A Fog", "So Rare", "Stairway To The Stars", and "Tenderly". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldLike Someone In Love ... LP
Verve, 1957. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Titles include "Midnight Sun", "You're Blase", "Night Wind", "Hurry Home", "What's New", "Close Your Eyes", "More Than You Know", "There's A Lull In My Life", and "How Long Has This Been Going On". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam.)

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Ella FitzgeraldSomeone To Watch Over Me ... CD
Verve, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A record that might have made Ella Fitzgerald turn over in her grave if it was handled the wrong way – but fortunately one that comes as a real surprise, with an organic quality that we never would have expected when we first heard about the project! The album features Ella's older vocals from the Verve years, recast over new orchestrations by the London Symphony Orchestra – who work here in a decidedly jazz-based mode, and maybe make the whole thing feel just like some "with strings" session from the classic Verve years, but with some slight modern arrangements. The presentation also features three "duets" of sorts – one with new vocals added by Gregory Porter, two others with trumpet and vocals pulled from her recordings with Louis Armstrong – but overall, the whole thing really seems to work best when it's just Ella in the spotlight. Titles include "Misty", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", "People Will Say We're In Love", "Someone To Watch Over Me", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and "Let's Do It". CD

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Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday with Carmen McRaeElla Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday At Newport (plus Carmen McRae too!) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $4.99
Two of the biggest singers who ever worked for Verve Records – captured perfectly at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! Ella Fitzgerald steps out with a strong, lively groove on the first half of the set – swinging things with a looser, more upbeat quality than on some of her mellower Verve studio sets of the late 50s – really grooving it up with small combo backing from the trio of pianist Don Abney! Billie Holiday also gets some small combo backing too – a hip trio with Mal Waldron on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Jo Jones on drums – often a bit more laidback than the group on Ella's sides, but in a great way that helps Holiday hit a very intimate sound, even before this large audience. Ella sings "This Can't Be Love", "Body & Soul", "April In Paris", "I Got A Crush On You", and "Airmail Special" – and Billie sings "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "My Man", "Willow Weep For Me", and "Lady Sings The Blues". CD also features 3 more unissued bonus tracks by Ella – "Too Close For Comfort", "Lullaby Of Birdland", and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself A Letter". And, added to all of this are 7 more tracks recorded by Carmen McRae at Newport, not issued by Verve in the 50s because Carmen was working for Decca! These sides feature trio backing too – from groups featuring Ray Bryant and Junior Mance on piano – on titles that include "Body & Soul", "Skyliner", "I'll Remember April", "Perdido", and "Love Is Here To Stay". CD

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Ella Fitzgerald & Count BasieElla & Basie ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Quincy Jones handles the arrangements, so the set's got plenty of soul – and the band really swings on titles that include "Tea For Two", "Deed I Do", "My Last Affair", "I'm Beginning To See The Light", "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall", and "Shiny Stockings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Count BasieOn The Sunny Side Of The Street ... CD
Verve/Polygram (Germany), 1963. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Duke EllingtonElla Fitzgerald Sings The Duke Ellington Songbook (3 CD set) ... CD
Verve, 1956/1957. Used 3 CDs ... $11.99
Ella's performing songs written by or associated with Duke–what could be better? Titles include "Rockin' In Rhythm", "Caravan", "Take The A Train", "Clementine", and "Perdido", all performed with the with the big band. CD
(Out of print, slipcover has some light edgewear.)

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongElla & Louis Again Vol 1 ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A set that's maybe even nicer than the Ella & Louis work together on Porgy & Bess – given that backing is by the trio of Oscar Peterson, which gives the whole thing a nicely understated charm – at a level that really lets the charms of the duo shine through! LP, Vinyl record album
(60s MGM pressing. Cover has a small cutout hole in the corner.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongPorgy & Bess ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, 1957. Used ... $2.99
One of the hippest takes ever on the Porgy & Bess score – done in duet format by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, in a fuller spirit than their other albums for Verve! Like many late 50s albums of Gershwin's score, this one was issued in advance of the film with Sidney Poitier – but unlike most, this is less of a cash-in affair, and really takes Gershwin's music on its own – serving it up with that newly serious style that Verve was hitting with some artists, especially Ella, in the latter half of the 50s. Most tracks have relatively full backings – strings and jazz orchestrations – and the double-length set features 15 tracks that include "Buzzard Song", "I Got Plenty O Nuttin", "My Man's Gone Now", "I Wants To Stay Here", "Summertime", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "What You Want Wid Bess", "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin Soon For New York", "Oh Lawd I'm On My Way", and "A Woman Is A Sometime Thing". CD

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongPorgy & Bess (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. Used Gatefold ... $19.99
One of the hippest takes ever on the Porgy & Bess score – done in duet format by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, in a fuller spirit than their other albums for Verve! Like many late 50s albums of Gershwin's score, this one was issued in advance of the film with Sidney Poitier – but unlike most, this is less of a cash-in affair, and really takes Gershwin's music on its own – serving it up with that newly serious style that Verve was hitting with some artists, especially Ella, in the latter half of the 50s. Most tracks have relatively full backings – strings and jazz orchestrations – and the double-length set features 15 tracks that include "Buzzard Song", "I Got Plenty O Nuttin", "My Man's Gone Now", "I Wants To Stay Here", "Summertime", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "What You Want Wid Bess", "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin Soon For New York", "Oh Lawd I'm On My Way", and "A Woman Is A Sometime Thing". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongPorgy & Bess (single vinyl version) ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good Gatefold ... $8.99
One of the hippest takes ever on the Porgy & Bess score – done in duet format by Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong, in a fuller spirit than their other albums for Verve! Like many late 50s albums of Gershwin's score, this one was issued in advance of the film with Sidney Poitier – but unlike most, this is less of a cash-in affair, and really takes Gershwin's music on its own – serving it up with that newly serious style that Verve was hitting with some artists, especially Ella, in the latter half of the 50s. Most tracks have relatively full backings – strings and jazz orchestrations – and the double-length set features 14 tracks that include "Buzzard Song", "I Got Plenty O Nuttin", "My Man's Gone Now", "I Wants To Stay Here", "Summertime", "It Ain't Necessarily So", "What You Want Wid Bess", "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin Soon For New York", "Oh Lawd I'm On My Way", and "A Woman Is A Sometime Thing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Melody GardotMy One & Only Thrill ... CD
Verve, 2009. Used ... $2.99
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George & Ira Gershwin/Fred Astaire/Audrey HepburnFunny Face EP – Bonjour, Paris (voc, inst reprise)/Basal Metabolism ... 7-inch
Verve, 1959. Very Good (pic cover)... $9.99
One of the strangest moments of success in the early years of Verve Records – and one of the label's few soundtracks too! The album's one that cleverly combines the core Verve jazz approach with some larger orchestrations by Adolph Deutsche – in a set of tunes based around the compositions of George and Ira Gershwin, used in a new catalog musical that starred Fred Astaire, Audrey Hepburn, and Kay Thompson! The link to the music of the Gershwins is right up there with the important Songbook projects Verve was doing at the time – and of course, Fred Astaire recorded some great material for the label in the 50s too – reminding the world that he could be a pretty great singer when he wanted, even away from film. 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Cover has some wear and aging.)

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Stan Getz5 Original Albums Vol 2 (Jazz Samba/Jazz Samba Encore/With Laurindo Almeida/Getz Gilberto/Getz Gilberto 2) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), Mid 60s. New Copy 5CD ... $19.99
An insane collection of music – five albums that perfectly showcase the bossa nova genius of Stan Getz! First up is Jazz Samba – one of those records that no home should be without – not only a pivotal album in the growth of bossa nova in the 60s – but a set that also really helped set the career of tenorist Stan Getz on fire! The real credit here might almost go to guitarist Charlie Byrd – as Byrd was a big early proponent of bossa nova rhythms, and had already been experimenting with them on his records of the time – yet also gets a key extra "umph" here in the presence of Stan's tenor – a bold, rich, soulful sound that really helps give the music a lot of direction – in ways that still resonate strongly all these many years later! Getz is completely sublime – a master of tone and timing throughout – and perfectly fit to these tunes. Rhythms are mostly from Byrd's trio, augmented with some extra percussion – and titles include the classic "Desafinado", plus "E Luxo So", "Samba Dees Days", "Samba Triste", "O Pato", "Samba De Uma Nota So", and "Baia". Jazz Samba Encore is hardly an "encore" of the first Stan Getz Jazz Samba album – as this set's got a slightly different feel, and lots of great elements that make it really unique! This time around, Brazilian musician Luiz Bonfa is on guitar – already a skilled proponent of the bossa by the time of the record, and arguably one of the few who really got it going back home in Rio. Stan's tenor sounds wonderful – as carefully and soufully blown as on the first set, but also with some new colors and tones too. Bonfa's wife Maria Toledo sings a bit on the record – hinting at Stan's work to come with Astrud Gilberto (this album was cut right before the Getz/Gilberto collaboration) – and the record also features added work on piano and guitar from the great Antonio Carlos Jobim – more than enough proof that the album's got a pure bossa pedigree! Titles include "Menina Flor", "Ebony Samba", "Saudade Vem Correndo", "Sambalero", "Samba De Duas Notas", and "Mania De Maria". With Laurindo Almeida is one of the best of the Stan Getz bossa nova sessions – and a record that features the great Laurindo Almeida on guitar – playing with more virtuosity than either Charlie Byrd or Joao Gilberto did on their collaborations with Getz! The record's got a driving rhythm section, with lots of long tracks, and nice laid-back solos by both Getz and Almeida – who's getting in some of his few jazz licks of the 60s here, working in a groove similar to that of his earlier sides with Bud Shank, but which sounds almost even better in the languid company of Getz. Cuts include "Outra Vez", "Winter Moon", "Maracatu-Too", and "Samba Da Sahra". Getz Gilberto is a landmark record – both in 60s jazz and bossa nova – and a set that not only bridged worlds of music, but set the tone for so many other albums to come! By the time of this 1964 set, Stan Getz had already issued a few bossa nova experiments on Verve – but this pairing with guitarist Joao Gilberto really pushed the format over the top – thanks in part to the vocals of Gilberto's lovely wife Astrud, who'd never sung in the studio before this famous recording! The record created a sound that was copied endlessly, and which catapulted Astrud to unbelievable fame worldwide – even though she was only included in the session at the last minute, because Joao couldn't sing in English – and the mix of Stan's tenor and Joao's guitar is wonderful – and backed throughout by this light, lilting bossa nova rhythms. Titles include the classic recording of "Girl From Ipanema", plus loads of other bossa classics like "Desafinado", "Cocovado", "O Grande Amor", and "Vivo Sonhando". Getz Gilberto 2 is a very different record than the first collaboration between Stan Getz & Joao Gilberto – but that's also one of the things that makes it great! The album's more of a split LP than a shared one – as side one features a live performance from the great mid 60s Stan Getz quartet that featured Gary Burton on vibes – a wonderfully cool combo that was very under-documented on record, and which makes a key appearance here. The combination of Burton's vibes and Stan's tenor is pure genius – a sound that's got all the subtle hues and cool colors of the Getz bossa recordings, but which is quite different overall. Stan's tone is amazing on these tunes – and titles include "Here's That Rainy Day", "Tonight I Shall Sleep With A Smile On My Face", "Grandfather's Waltz", and "Stan's Blues". Side two features Joao Gilberto without Stan – playing in a very groovy trio that's more straight bossa than most of his other US recordings – cool small combo grooving that's totally great! The lineup features Gilberto on guitar and vocals, Keeter Betts on bass, and Helcio Milito on drums – all working in a sweetly grooving mode on titles that include "Samba De Minha Terra", "Meditation", "Bim Bom", "Rosa Moreno", and "O Pato". CD

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Stan GetzBossa Nova Years (Jazz Samba/Jazz Samba Encore/Big Band Bossa Nova/Getz Gilberto/With Laurindo Almeida) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve, Mid 60s. New Copy 5CDs ... $44.99 49.99
America's greatest contribution to the bossa nova in the 60s – served up here in a nicely priced 5CD set! The package features all the key albums recorded by Stan Getz in 1962 and 1963 – some of the most important bossa jazz recordings in the US at the time, and all records that have gone onto shape the sound of the music for many years to come! All sessions feature Stan Getz in the lead, paired with a special partner – either guitarists Charlie Byrd, Joao Gilberto, Luiz Bonfa, or Laurindo Almeida – or arranger Gary McFarland, and vocalist Astrud Gilberto, who makes a key initial appearance on the last album here. The set features all 5 albums presented with the original track lineups – no bonus cuts – as individual LP sleeve editions inside a larger box. Albums include Jazz Samba, Jazz Samba Encore, Big Band Bossa Nova, Stan Getz With Guest Artist Laurindo Almeida, and Getz/Gilberto. CD

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Stan GetzQuiet Now – Stan Getz Body & Soul ... CD
Verve, 1950s/1960s. Used ... $3.99
A nice set of ballad material done for Verve – including some bossa nova tracks, and work with Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, and Bill Evans! CD
(Barcode has a cutout mark.)
 
 
 



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