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Lionel HamptonHallelujah Hamp ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good- ... $2.99
One of Lionel Hampton's great small combo sides for Verve from the 50s – done mostly with accompaniment from a trio of Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and Buddy Rich – plus the addition of guitar from Herb Ellis on a few of the album's shorter tracks. It's the longer ones that are really the best, though – loose takes of "Tenderly", "Hamp's Boogie Woogie", and "Hallelujah" that really get at the inventive power of Hampton during his ever-popular live dates. Shorter tunes are nice too, but a bit less compelling – and titles include "A Foggy Day" and "Honeysuckle Rose". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has some seam splitting.)

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Herbie HancockNew Standard ... CD
Verve, 1996. Used ... $1.99

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Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, & Roy HargroveDirections In Music – Live At Massey Hall ... CD
Verve, 2002. Used ... $3.99
We have to admit, we had a lot of misgivings about this project before we gave it a chance and listened to it all the way through – but after all was said and done, we were quite impressed! While Herbie Hancock, Roy Hargrove and Michael Brecker all have the chops, recognition and reputations to make as many new recordings as they'd like, without resorting to pandering tributes, this project actually works beautifully and makes great sense. The group is rounded out by the elastic rhythms provided by John Patitucci (who seems to have graduated well beyond the sort of 6 string noodling he usually purveys) and Brian Blade. In most cases, we'd rather hear Miles doing Miles and Trane doing Trane, but this group manages to capture both the dark, brooding beauty of Miles' music and the deeper, soulful vein that Coltrane mined. Herbie sounds the best we've heard in ages and the highlight of this live set is a medley of Miles' "So What" and Coltrane's "Impressions", while the rest of the set is made up mostly of originals (2 more Coltrane pieces, "Naima" and "Tansition" are included) composed by members of the group like Hancock's "The Sorcerer" and Hargrove's "The Poet". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Tim HardinTim Hardin 4 ... LP
Verve, 1968. Very Good- ... $7.99
Tim Hardin's last album for Verve – and a record that has a bit of a different vibe than his previous three sets! Although still in folksy territory, Tim's really drawn a lot from blues as well – and the set adds in some electric guitar riffing and harmonica, to emphasize the blusier currents of the new tunes that Hardin penned for the album! Most of the tracks have a different spirit than before – maybe more of sense of pride and person than some of the bluer-tinged material that Tim first gave us – but amidst the brasher phrasing, there's still that unmistakable Hardin quality of humanity – a vibe that gives the whole thing a very different feel than other bluesy material of the time. Titles include "I Can't Slow Down", "Airmobile", "Whiskey Whiskey", "Ain't Gonna Do Without", and "Hello Baby" – plus versions of "Bo Diddley" and "Seventh Son". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing. Cover has a cutout hole and a bit of pen on front.)

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Roy HargroveWith The Tenors Of Our Time ... CD
Verve, 1994. Used ... $3.99

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Roy Hargrove & The RH FactorHard Groove ... CD
Verve, 2003. Used ... $2.99
A funky collaboration of new and old players – as trumpeter Roy Hargrove explores a range of classic styles with a host of excellent guest stars! The RH Factor project includes work by Bernard Wright, Cornell Dupree, Karl Denson, and other funk luminaries – and it also features great vocal performances from the likes of Common, Q-Tip, Erykah Badu, and D'Angelo. The groove soars from Miles-inspired electric to the heavy funk of George Clinton – and makes plenty of side-trips in between – exploring a range of soulful jazz, both new and old, and coming off a lot better than we might have thought! Titles include "Pastor T", "I'll Stay", "Common Free Style", "Juicy", "The Stroke", "Poetry", "Liquid Streets", "The Joint", and "Forget Regret". CD
(CD case has a cutout hole.)

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Harper BrothersHarper Brothers ... CD
Verve, 1988. Used ... $4.99
The crack first LP from the team of Winard Harper on drums and Philip Harper on trumpet – recording in a quintet with Justin Robinson on alto, Stephen Scott on piano, and Michael Bowie on bass! Includes a version of Lee Morgan's "Mogie", plus "Pentagram", "Sonny Boy", "The Real Boys", and "Haitian March". CD

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Coleman HawkinsComplete Coleman Hawkins On Keynote (4CD set) ... CD
Verve, 1954. Used 4 CDs ... $43.99
(Out of print.)

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Coleman HawkinsGenius Of Coleman Hawkins ... LP
Verve, 1957. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Not a best-of, as you might guess from the title – but a really special set of late work from Hawkins – shorter numbers, but played with plenty of flair with a small combo that also includes Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, Herb Ellis on guitar, and Alvin Stoller on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 80s German pressing.)

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✨✧ Coleman Hawkins & Ben WebsterColeman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good+ ... $29.99
A classic Verve set, featuring these two aging masters of the tenor, blowing side by side in a small group setting with rhythm backing by Oscar Peterson, Herb Ellis, Ray Brown, and Alvin Stoller. The best tracks have lots of room – plenty of space so that the tenors aren't "encountering" each other in too close of quarters, with space to express themselves freely. Titles include "Blues For Yolande", "Rosita", "Shine On Harvest Moon", and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with a deep groove. Cover looks great, save for a 2" split on the top seam.)

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Roy Haynes TrioRoy Haynes Trio Featuring Danilo Perez & John Patitucci ... CD
Verve, 1999. Used ... $4.99
(Out of print. CD case has a cutout hole.)

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Johnny HodgesCastle Rock ... LP
Verve/Norgran, 1952. Near Mint- ... $14.99
An undisputed Verve classic, and proof that Johnny Hodges could make damn good records away from Duke Ellington! The set features a number of small groupings of Ellington players – like Al Sears, Billy Strayhorn, Lawrence Brown, and others – but the sound is quite different than with the Duke – really jamming hard, with almost an R&B overtone at times – and a strong focus on the hard-edged Hodges alto sax! The classic "Castle Rock" is a wailer composed by Sears – and other tracks are all great too – including "Jeep Is Jumping", "Wham", "Sideways", "You Blew Out The Flame In My Heart", and "My Reward". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing.)

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Johnny HodgesEllingtonia '56 ... LP
Verve, 1956. Good+ ... $14.99
Hodges leads a core group of Ellington's best players – like Ray Nance, Cat Anderson, Jimmy Hamilton, Paul Gonsalves, and others – through a nice set of swing tunes, laid out in arrangements that give the soloists lots of space, and which groove with a strong small group Verve mode. Titles include "Texas Blues", "The Happy One", "You Got It Coming", "Snibor", and "Hiya". LP, Vinyl record album
(Norgran pressing – yellow label, deep groove, and trumpeter logo. Cover has a mostly split top seam.)

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✨✧ Johnny HodgesJoe's Blues ... LP
Verve, 1965. Very Good ... $6.99
One of Hodges' best albums for Verve from the 60s – recorded with a great small combo that includes Grant Green on guitar, Grady Tate on drums, and Wild Bill Davis on organ. The sound's a lot hipper than you'd expect – with less of the corny organ work by Davis that can ruin a session – and the overall feel is like some swinging Prestige soul jazz organ set from the early 60s. Titles include "Wild Bill Blues", "Joe's Blues", "Warm Valley", "Solitude", and "Harmony In Harlem". LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove pressing. Cover has a stained and wrinkled corner.)

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✨✧ Johnny HodgesJohnny Hodges With Billy Strayhorn & Orchestra ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good ... $24.99
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(Stereo pressing. Cover has a small center split on the top seam.)

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Johnny HodgesSmooth One (previously unreleased) ... LP
Verve, 1959/1960. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $6.99
A rare treat – 2LPs worth of material by Johnny Hodges, recorded at the end of the 50s, but never issued until this late 70s set! The first disc features a 1959 session, with players that include Harold Baker, Quentin Jackson, Ben Webster, Jimmy Hamilton, and Jo Jones – accompanying Hodges on some shorter tracks that include a good number of original titles, including "Second Klass", "Straight Back", "First Klass", "Third Klass", and "Nite Life". Disc two continues the Ellington-inflected mode, with players that include Baker, Hamilton, Ray Nance, Lawrence Brown, and Harold Ashby – on slightly longer titles that include "Get Ready", "Peaches", "Hygiene", "Starting With You", "I Told You So", and "Wiggle Awhile". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Billie HolidayBody & Soul ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $5.99
A great late small combo session by Billie – recorded in Hollywood with a group that includes Harry Edison, Ben Webster, Jimmy Rowles, Barney Kessel, Red Mitchell, and Alvin Stoller. The songs are short and swinging – with Billie at the top of her form on familiar standards like "Comes Love", "Darn That Dream", "Body & Soul", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", and "Embraceable You". A few tracks crack the 5 minute mark, making for some nice solos from Webster and Edison – and this deluxe reissue features 3 takes of "Comes Love", new notes, great sound, and a cool looking package! CD
(Out of print Verve Master Edition, mark through digipack barcode.)

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✨✧ Billie HolidayMusic For Torching ... LP
Verve, 1955. Near Mint- ... $14.99
About as classic as you can get for Billie Holiday on Verve – a wonderfully intimate small group session, recorded with top-shelf players and a smokey torchy mood! Billie's in her later years by the time of the set, but somehow singing with even more emotion and life – working with a group that includes Benny Carter, Jimmy Rowles, Harry Edison, Larry Bunker, and John Simmons – on tracks that include "It Had To Be You", "A Fine Romance", "Gone With The Wind", "Isn't It A Lovely Day", "Ghost Of A Chance", and "Come Rain Or Come Shine". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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Freddie HubbardBody & The Soul (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Impulse/Verve (Japan), 1963. Used ... $9.99
A real standout in the early career of trumpeter Freddie Hubbard – a very unique session that has him working with some larger arrangements in the background – blowing these magical solos over the top, while still hitting a great edge with the rest of the musicians as well! There's a sound here that's unlike anything else we can think of – including other big band trumpet dates of the time – partly because the set features a fair bit of arrangements by Wayne Shorter – a very rare side of his talents, but one that's equally as soulful as his sublime small group albums of the time. The record has an undeniable depth right from the start – magical, mystical, and very soulful – with a group that includes Eric Dolphy and Wayne Shorter on saxes, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, and Reggie Workman on bass. Tracks include "Chocolate Shake", "Thermo", "Clarence's Place", and "Aries". CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Jackie & RoyLovesick ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $4.99
Wonderfully groovy work from the team of Jackie Cain & Roy Kral – a set that has the pair moving into much hipper modes for the 60s, and really taking off from the greatness of earlier records! Backing is still by Roy's core trio, with acoustic piano at the lead – but the addition of electric bass to the lineup really helps the tunes step along nicely – hitting a groove not heard before from Jackie & Roy, with results that are completely sublime! There's a definite bossa influence that comes into some of the best tracks – a skipping, lilting approach to rhythm that's made even better by the unique dual vocals of the team, especially when they're singing wordlessly. But even when lyrical vocals are part of the mix, the sound is still great too – and Jackie & Roy have a way of bringing charm to a tune that few other singers can touch! Titles include "Lovesick", "A Big Beautiful Ball", "You Really Started Something", "Let's Begin", "Mimosa & Me", "Corcovado", "Samba Triste", and "The World Is Your Balloon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole.)

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