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Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan & OthersJazz Giants '58 ... LP
Verve, 1958. Near Mint- ... $14.99
An all-star session put together by Verve in 1958 – one that features a septet of some of the label's biggest giants in jazz at the time! The format here is a bit open-ended – almost like some of the earlier JATP sessions on Verve – with lots of room for personal interaction between the soloists, especially the horn players in the lead! These include Stan Getz on tenor, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, and Harry Edison on trumpet – working alongside Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums. Titles include a beautiful extended "Ballad Medley" – really a great illustration of the freedoms that Verve brought to jazz recording in the 50s – plus the titles"Chocolate Sundae", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Candy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, including the insert.)

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Stan Getz, Wardell Gray, Buddy DeFrancoJam Session #4 ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $4.99
Classic Jam Session work from Norman Granz – featuring a group with Stan Getz, Harry Edison, Wardell Gray, Benny Carter, Willie Smith, Buddy De Franco, Count Basie, and Freddie Green – on two long tracks, "Oh Lady Be Good" and "Blues For The Count". The session's got a number of interesting aspects – Basie plays organ, Getz is a bit harder than usual, and Willie Smith sounds great, as always, in one of his rare appearances from the time. LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing. Cover has some light wear. Spine is lined with masking tape.)

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Terry GibbsExciting Terry Gibbs Big Band – Recorded Live At The Summit In Hollywood ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $3.99
We don't know if we'd stretch so far as to use the word "exciting" to talk about Terry's work – but his band here is filled with some great west coast players – including Bill Perkins, Richie Kamuca, Mel Lewis, Frank Rosolino, and Joe Maini – all coming together with a bit more of a kick than usual. Terry's vibes are right out front in the mix, almost doing a mainstream Lionel Hampton kind of thing – on short tracks that include "Summit Blues", "Limerick Waltz", "None Cone", "Ja Da", and "T & S". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a small seam splits.)

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Terry GibbsSwing Is Here – Terry Gibbs & His Big Band ... LP
Verve, 1960. Very Good+ ... $8.99
A great date from the big band of Terry Gibbs – an ensemble that's got a nice tight approach upfront, but which also lays back nicely to allow some room for solos! There's a sharpness in tone on this record that's pretty exciting here – with Gibbs vibes leading the swing with a nice, breezy feel – and a group of players working together masterfully. Sweeter and more enduring than a lot of of the big band of records of the era! Players include Al Porcino and Conte Candoli on trumpets, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and the great Joe Maini on alto – a player with a nice sharp edge who always brings a lot to a date! Other noteworthy players include Bill Perkins on tenor and Lou Levy on piano – and titles include "The Song Is You", Gibbs' originals "The Fat Man" and "It Might As Well Be Swing", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Evil Eyes", and "Back Bay Shuffle". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and pen notations on the back.)

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Astrud GilbertoBeach Samba (Japanese pressing) ... LP
Verve, 1967. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A great album from Astrud Gilberto – one that has her pushing past the simple bossa of early years, running through a range of 60s styles that all sound great! There's still plenty of Brazilian tunes in the mix – like "Oba, Oba", "Canoeiro", "Bossa Na Praia", "Nao Bate O Corocao", and Marcos Valle's great "The Face I Love" – and the album also features great versions of "Misty Roses", "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice", and "Stay". Backings are by Deodato and Don Sebesky – and the album's a dreamy 60s pop delight! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi, including the insert.)

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Astrud GilbertoGilberto Golden Japanese Album ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
A lost treasure – and one of the rarest albums in Astrud Gilberto's career! The set's a special Japanese-only session – recorded in 1969, and featuring all new Japanese lyrics to a number of Astrud's biggest hits – plus some wonderful new tracks done especially for the session! The backings are all new too – and a great blend of light orchestrations and sweet jazzy touches, in a mode that recalls the hippest style of Astrud's late 60s Verve recordings – and which carries the tunes with a lovely groove that wraps you up so much, you hardly notice that you can't understand the language! Titles include "A Man & A Woman", "Life For Life", "Shadow Of Your Smile", "Street Samba", "I Love Old Love", "You I & Love", "Cupid's Song", and "White Waves". CD

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Astrud GilbertoWindy ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1967. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the hardest to find Astrud Gilberto records on Verve – and one of the best! Deodato, Don Sebesky, and Pat Williams did the arrangements – and the sound here is a bit different than some of the straighter Gilberto sets of the time – still very bossa-inspired, but also in a style that mixes in some great Sunshine Pop and 60s easy influences too – particularly on the tracks arranged by Williams! Tracks are all quite short, but get a heck of a lot of magic into a tiny space – and the album features some really wonderful songs that break Gilberto's pattern a bit – including versions of the Marcos Valle tracks "Crickets Sing For Anamaria" and "Chup Chup, I Got Away" – plus takes on "Windy", "Sing Me A Rainbow", "Never My Love", and "Where Are They Now?" CD

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Astrud Gilberto & Walter WanderleyCertain Smile, Certain Sadness (UK pressing) ... CD
Verve/Rev-Ola (UK), 1966. New Copy ... $8.99
Kind of a dream combination in one little album – especially if you dig breezy bossa from the 60s! Back in 1966, Verve Records got the great idea of teaming up its (then) biggest Brazilian imports – vocalist Astrud Gilberto and organist Walter Wanderley – both of whom were selling plenty at the time! Astrud's lovely vocals are matched beautifully with the lean, rhythmic bossa grooves of Wanderley's trio – and the result is a record that's near-perfect in execution. Most of the tracks are quite short, as is the record itself – but it's a perfectly concentrated dose of the Verve bossa sound at its best, with tracks that include "Portuguese Washerwoman", "Tu Meu Delirio", "A Certain Smile", "Call Me", "Here's That Rainy Day", "A Certain Sadness", "It's A Lovely Day Today", and a vocal version of Wanderley's big hit "Summer Samba", redone here as "So Nice"! Plus, this groovy reissue also includes two previously unissued cuts – "Who Needs Forever" and "The Sadness of After"! CD

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Joao GilbertoVoz E Violao ... CD
Verve, 2000. Used ... $8.99
A wonderful album by one of the all-time greats! The record is Joao Gilberto's best in years, and it was produced by Caetano Veloso – in a spare, stripped-down style that's very similar to Joao's classic self-titled album from 1973, with an equally moody sound overall! Veloso used some wonderful recording techniques – and Joao's warm vocals and haunting guitar work are handled in a manner that unlocks all of their dark beauty and charm – without any of the sweetness that sometimes holds back some of his other later recordings. Titles include "Voce Vai Ver", "Segredo", "Chega De Saudade", "Eclipse", "Desde Que O Samba E Samba", "Eu Vim Da Bahia", and "Da Cor Do Pecado". CD

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieAn Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet ... CD
Verve, 1961. Used Gatefold ... $6.99
While actually not as electrifying as some of Dizzy's other albums from the time, this one's still pretty darn great, and features his great group with Leo Wright on alto and Lalo Schfrin on piano. The band grooves with a subtly Latinish vibe, and the tracks are nice and long long long. Titles include "Kush", one of Dizzy's best Latin numbers, plus "The Mooch" and "Night In Tunisia". The CD also includes an interview with Dizzy by Charles Schwartz. CD
(In a gatefold digipak.)

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Dizzy GillespieAn Electrifying Evening With The Dizzy Gillespie Quintet ... LP
Verve, 1961. Near Mint- ... $9.99
While actually not as electrifying as some of Dizzy's other albums from the time, this one's still pretty darn great, and features his great group with Leo Wright on alto and Lalo Schfrin on piano. The band grooves with a subtly Latinish vibe, and the tracks are nice and long long long. Titles include "Kush", one of Dizzy's best Latin numbers, plus "The Mooch" and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s Japanese pressing, with obi. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Gillespie & Strings ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1952/1954. Used ... $18.99
Sublime work by Dizzy! Although Charlie Parker's "with strings" experiments are always the best known in the Verve catalog, Dizzy's work in this vein is simply amazing, and has him playing in a more avant garde setting than you'll ever hear from the time! The set features some tracks from an ep that Dizzy cut with Johnny Richards for Norgran, plus six more that were issued on a Jazz In Paris set that was also on Verve. Includes "O Solow", a haunting number that has amazing arrangements by Johnny Richards and vocals by Diz – plus "Silhouette", "Can You Recall?", "My Old Flame", and "The Man I Love". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Dizzy GillespieDizzy Goes Hollywood ... CD
Philips/Verve, 1963. Used ... $7.99
Surprisingly groovy work from Dizzy Gillespie – an album of tunes from Hollywood films, but all played with that lively Gillespie bounce of the time! Tunes are mostly short, and feature arrangements by Billy Byers – with Dizzy's trumpet in the lead, and a nicely groovy sound overall that really fits the mood of the tunes – serving them up in the jaunty style of 60s film scoring, without any of the too-soppy or romantic overtones of previous soundtrack years. The whole thing's great – with echoes of the same soul and Latin influences on other Dizzy albums from the 60s – and tracks include "Main Theme From Exodus", "Caesar & Cleopatra Theme", "Walk On The Wild Side", "Never On A Sunday", "Love Theme From Lolita", "Theme From Lawrence Of Arabia", and "Days Of Wine & Roses". And on the back cover, you also get to learn who styled Dizzy's poodle's hair – as they're photographed together on the front! CD

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Dizzy GillespieGreatest Trumpet Of Them All ... LP
Verve, 1960. Very Good ... $6.99
One of the strongest sides to feature Diz's mid 50s format – a larger group than usual, an octet, with a more tightly arranged style that showed that he continued to develop as an artist long after the days of his early bop sides. The album's also noteworthy for demonstrating Dizzy's great talent for picking strong young talent – as the group features the writing and playing of Gigi Gryce and Benny Golson, plus work by Ray Bryant, Henry Coker, Tommy Bryant, and Charlie Persip. Tracks are short, but backed with that edgey energy that Gryce and Golson brought to their best work – and titles include "Blues After Dark", "Night At Tony's", "Smoke Signals", and "Shabozz". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s French pressing.)

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Dizzy GillespieHave Trumpet Will Excite ... LP
Verve, 1959. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Diz breaks past his bop playing, takes a bit of a turn towards swing-based material, and also hits this nice rolling groove that gives a bit of a peek at the way he'd sound in the 60's, when he had Lalo Schifrin on piano, and more of a Latin sound. He's backed here by Junior Mance on piano, Les Spann on flute and guitar, Sam Jones on bass, and Lex Humphries on drums. Given the soul jazz leanings of the group, the set's a lot hipper than you'd expect from Verve at the time, and is certainly worthy of the use of the word "excite" in the title. The tracks are all standards, but the group grooves openly, and makes a heck of a lot out of the material. Titles include "My Man", "St. Louis Blues", and "Woody'n You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam & a partially split bottom seam.)

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Dizzy GillespieJambo Caribe ... CD
Verve, 1964. Used ... $6.99
Excellent reissue of a lost session by Diz that was originally recorded for Limelight, and which focuses on Diz's committment to Latin and Carribean rhythms. The set features Diz's great mid-60's combo with James Moody (on tenor and Latin flute), Kenny Barron (on piano and bass), and Chris White (on bass and guitar) – plus some added Latin percussion and occasional backing vocals by the group. Dizzy's sound is sparkling and shining, and soars ahead of the arrangements nicely – especially on groovers like "Fiesta Mojo", "Jambo", "Trinidad, Hello", and "Don't Try To Keep Up With the Joneses". Very groovy stuff! CD
(Out of print.)

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Dizzy Gillespie & Roy EldridgeSoul Mates ... LP
Verve/VSP, 1954. Very Good ... $5.99
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(Cover has some aging and a cutout hole.)

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Dizzy Gillespie & Stuff SmithDizzy Gillespie & Stuff Smith ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $36.99
Diz meets the great jazz violinist in one of his few sets for Verve from the 50's. Wynton Kelly's on piano, and the groove is pretty laid-back, with the nice sort of long swing-oriented tracks that you'd find on some of the best Verve sessions from the time. Cuts include "Rio Pakistan", "Purple Sounds", and "Russian Lullaby". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve pressing, with the trumpeter logo and the deep groove! Vinyl and cover are in great shape – save for a split along the top of the cover.)

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Jimmy Giuffre1961 (Fusion/Thesis) ... LP
Verve/ECM (Germany), 1961. Near Mint- 2LP ... $23.99
2 amazing albums from the 2nd version of the Jimmy Giuffre 3! After working with his first combo of Bob Brookmeyer and Jim Hall during the late 50s, Giuffre hooked up with a pair of younger modernists – Paul Bley and Steve Swallow – reintroducing the piano and bass to his trio format, instruments that had been previously missing because Giuffre wanted to explore the possibilities of melodic composition freed from rhythmic constraints. With this trio, Giuffre was still working in that mode – as you'll hear on Bley and Swallow's incredibly free playing. The group's performances are not free jazz by any means, but they're a key link in that tradition – as Giuffre and crew do an excellent job of creating unconventional compositions, most of which feel like little sculptures in sound. There's a total of 20 tracks on 2CDs – and titles include "Cry, Want", "Trudgin", "Jesus Maria", "Ictus", "Sonic", "Whirrrrr", "The Gamut", "Herb & Ictus", and "Flight". Both records originally available on Verve, now repackaged by ECM. LP, Vinyl record album
(180 gram pressing!)
Also available 1961 (Fusion/Thesis) (180 gram pressing) ... LP 31.99

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✨✧ Grant Green/Donald ByrdHis Majesty King Funk/Up With Donald Byrd ... CD
Verve, 1964/1965. Used ... $9.99
2 of the grooviest Verve 60s jazz funk sessions on one CD! Grant Green's His Majesty King Funk is a tight quintet session with Larry Young on organ and Harold Vick on tenor, and it grooves with a tightness that matches Green's best Blue Note sessions. The album is reissued here with the tracks in their full versions, and titles include "The Selma March", "Daddy Grapes", and "The Cantaloupe Woman". The record is paired with Donald Byrd's groovy Up album, a record that has his funky trumpet playing with a larger group arranged by Herbie Hancock, that also features some added vocal backing at times. The record has a very tasty version of "Cantaloupe Island", plus the cuts "Blind Man, Blind Man", "Bossa", and "Boom, Boom". Nice groovy 60's material, with 14 cuts in all! CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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