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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieKen Burns Jazz ... CD
Verve, 1940s/1950s/1960s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Dizzy GillespieWorld Statesman ... LP
Verve, 1956. Very Good+ ... $14.99
A real gem from the height of Dizzy's big band years at Verve – a stunning little set that features a hip larger group that includes Joe Gordon, Melba Liston, Rod Leavitt, Phil Woods, Ernie Wilkins, and Billy Mitchell. The groove here is well-orchestrated, well-placed soul – with less of the playful bop touches of earlier sides, and more of a hiply modern style that shows Dizzy stretching out in larger shades of color and tone. And while the "World Statesmen" cover and image might make you wary of some gimmick on the set, the album's key Gillespie through and through – a deft turn away from the styles of the bop years, into a world of sound that would support his career strongly for years to come! Titles include "Tour De Force", "Doodlin", "Night In Tunisia", "The Champ", "My Reverie", and "Dizzy's Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Dizzy Gillespie & Roy EldridgeSoul Mates ... LP
Verve/VSP, 1954. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Two top trumpets working together – on a set that features a few tracks from their jam on the Jazz At The Philharmonic Vol 10 album on the title "The Challenges" – plus more studio numbers that include "I'm Thru With Love", "If I Had You", "Limehouse Blues", and "I Found A New Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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Dizzy Gillespie Big BandCompact Jazz ... CD
Verve, 1956/1957. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Johnny GriffinChicago, New York, Paris ... CD
Verve, 1995. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Charlie HadenMontreal Tapes – Liberation Music Orchestra ... CD
Verve, 1989. Used ... $11.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Charlie Haden & Pat MethenyBeyond The Missouri Sky – Short Stories by Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny ... CD
Verve, 1997. Used ... $3.99
... CD
(Digipack has some light edgewear & penmark through barcode.)

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Lionel HamptonHallelujah Hamp ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
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
(Mono Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has half split seams and some peeling and remnants from tape removal on front.)

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Herbie HancockRiver – The Joni Letters (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 2007. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Tim HardinTim Hardin 1+ 2 ... CD
Verve/Repertoire (Germany), Mid 60s. Used ... $16.99
A pair of the greatest albums by Tim Hardin – 1 & 2 in a single package! Tim Hardin 1 is fantastically beautiful stuff! Tim emerges here as one of the true genius singer-songwriters of his generation – mixing together folksy roots, intimate jazz-inflected vocalizations, and wonderful instrumental touches from players like Gary Burton, Earl Palmer, and John Sebastian, layered over haunting strings by Artie Butler. One we'd never part with – and with classics like "Don't Make Promises", "It'll Never Happen Again", "Reason To Believe", and "Misty Roses". Tim Hardin 2 is a beautiful album that inspired lots of other artists – from Scott Walker to Leonard Nimoy! Like some of the other albums on the Verve Forecast imprint, this set combines the hip, jazzy Verve aesthetic with parent label MGM's pop sensibilities, which add up to some great settings for Hardin's down to earth singer songwriter approach! Includes the classic "If I Were A Carpenter" , plus "Red Baloon", "Black Sheep Boy", and "Lady Came From Baltimore". CD
(Out of print.)

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Roy HargroveWith The Tenors Of Our Time ... CD
Verve, 1994. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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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
( Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Mickey HartRamu (marbled colored vinyl) (2018 Record Store Day Release) ... LP
Verve, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
Mickey Hart's a long way from the Grateful Dead here – and working in that pan-global sense of rhythm that he brought to his solo projects from the 80s onwards! Given the atmospherics in the production, and the mix of electric and acoustic instrumental elements, and the easy stepping across cultural boundaries – there's almost a Peter Gabriel/Realworld vibe to the record at times. Titles include "Big Bad Wolf", "Wayward Son", "Auctioneers", "When The Morning Comes", "Jerry", "Wine Wine Wine", and "Who Do You Think You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition colored vinyl pressing!)

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Johnny HartmanHartman For Lovers ... CD
Verve, Early/Mid 60s. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Coleman Hawkins & Ben WebsterColeman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $4.99
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". CD
(Verve master edition in a tri-fold digipack.)

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Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Pete Brown, et alColeman Hawkins All Stars At Newport ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good ... $14.99
Three great horn players with plenty of space to solo freely – working together on the stage of the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! The combo's one put together for the date, but they groove together nicely – rhythm by the trio of Ray Bryant on piano, Al McKibbon on bass, and Jo Jones on drums – and top-line solo work from Coleman Hawkins on tenor, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, and the great Pete Brown on alto! The album may well be one of Brown's last appearances on Verve, and his work from the 50s is always a treat – and he gets in an especially nice solo on a version of "Day By Day". Other tracks include "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me", "Moonglow", "Embraceable You", and "Sweet Georgia Brown". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine.)

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Bill HendersonWhen My Dreamboat Comes Home ... LP
Verve, 1965. Very Good+ ... $4.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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Joe HendersonLovesome Things ... CD
Verve, 1999. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Joe Henderson with Wynton KellyStraight No Chaser ... CD
Verve, 1968. Used ... $13.99
A great counterpart to the album Four – and like that one, which comes from the same session, this one features material recorded live in 1968, but only issued here for the first time! CD
(Out of print.)

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Woody HermanAt Carnegie Hall 1946 ... CD
Verve, 1946. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
A great Verve Master Edition of this one – two CDs, with some unissued material! CD
(Out of print.)

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Woody HermanConcerto For Herd – Woody Herman & The Thundering Herd At The Monterey Jazz Festival ... LP
Verve, 1967. Very Good ... $2.99
Features Sal Nistico on tenor, Carl Fontana on trombone, and Luis Gasca on trumpet! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Woody HermanMen From Mars ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
One of the weirdest-titled albums ever from Woody Herman – possibly his answer to some of Shorty Rogers' sci-fi titled albums of the 50s! The set's somewhat straight, but pretty great overall – upbeat, jazzy, and swinging – with instrumentation that includes Woody himself on clarinet, plus Bill Perkins on tenor, Nat Pierce on piano and "organo" (a weird combo of organ and piano), Sam Taylor on tenor, and a four-trombone section featuring Urbie Green, Kai Winding, Frank Rehak, and Vern Friley. The album's got a great sci-fi cover image – and titles include "Marakeesh", "Four Others", " Wooftie", "Mambo The Most", and "Men From Mars". LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with the trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has some white tape along the seams.)

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Johnny HodgesBlue Hodge ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good- ... $3.99
One of the first Verve albums to push Johnny Hodges away from Ellington and into the soul jazz mode that served him well as a leader in the 60s – recorded here with Wild Bill Davis on organ, Sam Jones on bass, Louis Hayes on drums, and the great Les Spann on both guitar and flute! Spann's guitar brings a nicely lean bluesy quality to the record when used – and on the numbers that feature flute, he slides in nicely with a hip sort of 60s style – very much in the manner of Frank Wess, or maybe like Jerome Richardson when working with Eddie Lockjaw Davis. Tracks are shortish, but usually nicely laidback – and as usual Hodges' tone is the real element that seals the deal here! Titles include "Hodge Podge", "Blue Hodge", "And Then Some", "I Wonder Why", "Why Are You Blue", "Stand By Blues", and "Knuckles". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing.)

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Johnny HodgesEleventh Hour ... LP
Verve, 1962. Very Good ... $4.99
An overlooked gem from Johnny Hodges – a 60s session that hearkens back to the "with strings" Verve mode of the 50s – but one that also updates the approach strongly, thanks to some well crafted arrangements by Oliver Nelson! Nelson's work in the jazz backings for soloist mode during the 60s was some of the best of the big band genre – and although his work here is much more in the mellow tone mode than his backings for players like Jimmy Smith and Lou Donaldson, Hodges is still getting top shelf treatment, some really wonderful washes of sound and color that show that his tone is still very much alive! A nice preface to the pair's classic set for Flying Dutchman – and with tracks that include "Something to Live For", "Don't Blame Me", "Warm Valley", "The Eleventh Hour", "Guitar Amour", and "You Blew Out The Flame In My Heart". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing.)

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Johnny HodgesJoe's Blues ... LP
Verve, 1965. Very Good+ ... $9.99
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

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Johnny HodgesJohnny Hodges – Previously Unreleased Recordings ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good ... $2.99
Not much of a cover and title, but a great lost slice of Verve from the early 60s – with Hodges on alto, and Lalo Schifrin on piano and Barry Galbraith on guitar – a pretty groovy group! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Johnny HodgesSmooth One (previously unreleased) ... LP
Verve, 1959/1960. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $7.99
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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Johnny HodgesUsed To Be Duke ... CD
Norgran/Verve, 1954. Used ... $7.99
OK, so the title's a bit misleading – as Hodges never used to be "Duke", just played with him – but the record's a great one – really sharp set of standards from the mid 50s, played with a tightly moving focus! The small group settings includes Ellingtonians, plus the unlikely addition of John Coltrane on tenor on a few tracks. Hodges' tone is tremendous, as always – and the record sparkles on both the more uptempo and the more measured numbers, with titles that include the Hodges originals "Used to be Duke and "Sweet As Bear Meat", Ellington's "Warm Valley", plus "Madam Butterfly", and "Sweet Lorraine", "Time On My Hand"s", "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" and "Poor Butterfly". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Used To Be Duke ... LP 14.99

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Johnny Hodges & Earl Fatha HinesStride Right ... LP
Verve, 1966. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great little trad session – one that features laidback and soulful work from the great Johnny Hodges – working here in a quintet that includes Earl "Fatha" Hines on piano and organ, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Richard Davis on bass, and Joe Marshall on drums. The style is nothing fancy, but Hodges' tone on these mid 60s Verve sides is always right on the money – soulful but not overdone, and put forth with just the right amount of economy. Hines' work on organ is pretty darn nice too – and the set's a nice cooker that updates the older swing sound of Verve for the 60s, but still keeps the mellow and spontaneous feel of the 60s. Titles include "Tippin In", "Caution Blues", "Stride Right", "Rosetta", "Fantastic", "Perdido", and "Tale Of The Fox". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear on the spine and a sticker spot.)

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Billie HolidayClassic Lady Day (Solitude/Recital/Velvet Mood/Lady Sings The Blues/All Or Nothing At All) (5CD set) ... CD
Verve, 1950s. New Copy 5CD ... $34.99 49.99
5 late albums from Billie Holiday – all collected in one sweet set, in tiny LP-styled sleeves, too! First up is Solitude – classic Billie Holiday for Verve – sad, blue-tinged, and recorded with great small combo backing – in a mode that really updates the sound of her initial recordings while still keeping the best elements intact! Players include Oscar Peterson, Alvin Stoller, Barney Kessell, and Ray Brown on the core group – plus bits of added solo work from Flip Phillips on tenor and Charlie Shavers on trumpet. Titles include "Solitude", "Moonglow", "Tenderly", "Everything I Have Is Yours", "East Of The Sun", "You Turned The Tables On Me", and "Easy To Love". Recital is not really a recital in the "live" sense, in that the album's a studio session – but a great batch of classic Verve sides by Billie Holiday! The care and quality of the record definitely demonstrate that the Verve years are some of Holiday's best – and for the session, Norman Granz has backed up Billie with a great batch of musicians – including Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Flip Philips on tenor, Barney Kessel on guitar, and Oscar Peterson on piano. Tracks include "Remember", "Yesterdays", "He's Funny That Way", "Stormy Weather", "My Man", and "Lover Come Back To Me" – and the cover has a portrait of Billie by David Stone Martin! Velvet Mood is a record with a velvet mood, but one with a bit of an edge – as you might expect from Billie Holiday in the 50s, hardly the stuff of a too-soft vocal date! The album's got Holiday working in wonderful small combo mode – getting some key Verve backup from players who include Sweets Edison on trumept, Benny Carter on alto sax, Barney Kessel on guitar, and Jimmy Rowles on piano – a warmly intimate group who really fit the sad-tinged vocals from Billie. Tracks are longish – maybe a bit more so than usual for a Holiday Verve session – and the set list includes beautiful renditions of "What's New", "I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues", "Prelude To A Kiss", and "When Your Lover Has Gone". Next is Lady Sings The Blues – possibly one of the most essential Billie Holiday albums for Verve – a set that carries the same title as her famous autobiography, and which also features many key numbers from her songbook at the time! The feel here is quite easygoing and relaxed – with small group backing behind Billie's vocals, which themselves are recorded cleanly and clearly throughout. One side features backing by a combo that includes Wynton Kelly on piano, Kenny Burrell on guitar, Charlie Shavers on trumpet, and Paul Quinichette on tenor – and the other features a group that includes Bobby Tucker on piano, Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Barney Kessel on guitar, and the great Willie Smith on alto sax. Titles include plenty of classics – including "God Bless The Child", "Strange Fruit", "Lady Sings The Blues", "No Good Man", "Good Morning Heartache", "I Must Have That Man", and "Trav'lin' Light". All Or Nothing At All is beautiful Billie from the last years of her life. The material was recorded in 1956 and 1957 in Hollywood, featuring Barney Kessel, Ben Wesbster, Harry Edison, and Jimmy Rowles – all grooving nicely in small group formation. The tracks have a wonderfully fragile quality – and although standards, are still some of Billie's nicest work for Verve. Titles include "April In Paris", "All Or Nothing At All", "We'll Be Together Again", and "But Not For Me". Great David Stone Martin cover, too! CD

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Billie HolidayEssential Billie Holiday Carnegie Hall Concert ... CD
Verve, 1956. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A very unusual concert from Billie Holiday – one that features narration by Gilbert Millstein, telling the story of Billie's life! The format is quite unusual – almost a live documentary, with the subject of the documentary there in person herself! Millstein narrates from the start, and Billie emerges with songs throughout – using Millstein's narration to bracket portions of her career, then delivering the tunes associated with that portion. Backing is by an all-hip group that includes Coleman Hawkins, Kenny Burrell, Chico Hamilton, Roy Eldridge, and Buck Clayton – and titles include "I Cried For You", "My Man", "Don't Explain", "Lady Sings The Blues", "Body & Soul", "I Love My Man", and "Yesterdays". CD

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Lightnin HopkinsSonet Blues Story – Lightnin Hopkins – Texas's Blues Legend Considers His World, His Life & Times ... CD
Sonet/Verve, 1974. Used ... $5.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lightnin Hopkins/Brownie McGhee/Sonny Terry/JimmyBlues Box (3LP set) ... LP
Verve, 1959/1963. Near Mint- ... $34.99
Features 2LPs of 1963 live material with Lightnin Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, & Sonny Terry – plus a 1959 recording with Jimmy Witherspoon on vocals, Teddy Edwards on tenor, and Groove Holmes on organ! LP, Vinyl record album
(Original Verve/Folkways pressing. Box has a small cutout hole.)

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Toninho HortaMoonstone ... LP
Verve, 1989. Very Good ... $11.99
A lovely blend of fusion and Brazilian roots – and one of Toninho Horta's standout sets from his US years at Verve! The album's got a warm, organic feel that's quite different from other American fusion of the time – still filled with some of the influences that drove that music in the US, but carried off in a way that's much deeper and more personal overall – thanks to Toninho's always-great approach! Horta sings wordlessly and plays guitars – and the instrumentation shifts a bit from track to track, creating different moods with the addition of players who include Pat Metheny on guitar, Onaje Allen Gumbs on synth, Billy Drewes on soprano sax, and Nana Vasconcelos on percussion. Titles include "Spirit Land", "Francisca", "Sun Song", "Bicycle Ride", "Eternal Youth", and "Gershwin". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Janis IanSecret Life Of J Eddy Fink ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good ... $1.99
Pretty great – with some excellent Shadow Morton production! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear.)

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Jackie & RoyChanges – Jackie & Roy ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Very Good ... $2.99
Jazzy Verve-y grooves by this fab duo, with arrangements by Charles Calello and Claus Ogerman that are similar to those used on the pair's Grass album, but with a bit less pop psychedelia thrown into the mix. Tracks are groovy pop stuff, like "Norweigian Wood", and "The Word" – plus more obscure numbers, like "Changes", "Counting", and "Bye Bye". Always great stuff from Jackie & Roy – and work we've come to appreciate more than their classic work! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jackie & RoyLovesick (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1966. Used Gatefold ... $19.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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Milt JacksonMilt Jackson At The Museum Of Modern Art ... CD
Limelight/Verve, 1965. Used ... $7.99
One of the hippest Milt Jackson albums of the 60s – a set that definitely lives up to its Museum Of Modern Art setting! The performance is one of the most famous from that museum's well-remembered series of 60s jazz concerts – and it features Milt Jackson's quintet really stretching out nicely – hitting sharper tones and bolder notes than in some of their other sessions of the decade, and possibly picking up a freer feel overall in the live setting. Milt's vibes are wonderfully accompanied by the reeds of Jimmy Heath and piano of Cedar Walton – both players who mix soul and modern elements in the same sort of perfect blend that Jackson hits. And the rhythm section is tightly snapping and soulful – never too groove-oriented, but always conscious of a sense of a swing – thanks to bass from Ron Carter and drums from Candy Finch. Tunes include "The Quota", "Novamo", "Enigma", "Turquoise", "Chyrise", "Montelei", "Simplicity & Beauty", "Flying Saucer", and "Namesake". And in a surprising move for the Verve Originals series, this one comes with a booklet inside – reproducing the notes from the original 60s gatefold album! CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Ahmad JamalChamber Music Of The New Jazz ... CD
Verve/Argo, 1955. Used ... $6.99
Beautiful work from Jamal's early Chicago years – and a perfectly titled set that really gets at the differences he made in modern jazz! The tunes are wonderfully fluid, soulful, and swinging – but not in the gutbuckety style of other trios of the time, more in a lightly modern style that features almost equal interplay between Jamal's piano, the bass of Israel Crosby, and the guitar of the wonderful Ray Crawford – who really ads an amazing touch to the record. Tracks include the great original "New Rhumba", plus cool versions of "Jeff", "Darn That Dream", "Spring Is Here", and "All Of You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ahmad JamalEssence Part 1 ... CD
Birdology/Verve, 1997. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print, penmark through barcode & promotional stamp on booklet cover.)

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JATP (Jazz At The Philharmonic) All StarsPerdido ... LP
Verve, 1947. Very Good+ ... $1.99
An early Jazz At The Philharmonic Recording – two side-long tracks, "Perdido" and "Mordido" – played by Flip Phillips and Illinois Jacquet on tenor, Howard McGhee on trumpet, and Hank Jones on piano! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some splitting on the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ Jazz At The PhilharmonicJazz At The Philharmonic – The Historic Recordings ... LP
Verve, 1944. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $4.99
A nice mid 70s 2LP set – one that features the complete first Jazz At The Philharmonic concert – with performances by Nat King Cole, Illinois Jacquet, Billie Holiday, Les Paul, and JJ Johnson. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jazz At The PhilharmonicNorman Granz' Jazz At The Philharmonic – 1940s (3 LP box set) ... LP
Verve (Japan), Late 40s. Near Mint- 3LPs ... $29.99
A really great overview of Norman Granz' classic Philharmonic series from the 1940s. With Buck Clayton, Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy Gillizpie, Lester Young, Charlie Ventura, Mel Powell, Willie Smith, Lee Young, and many more. Includes the tracks "The Man I Love", "Crazy Rhythm", "After You're Gone", "Blues For Norman", "I Can't Get Started", "Oh Lady Be Good", "I Surrender Dear", "JATP Blues", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "I Got Rhythm", "Perdido", "Blues", "Body And Soul", "How High The Moon", "Lester Leaps", and "Embraceable You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi.)

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Jim & JeanPeople World ... LP
Verve/Forecast, Late 60s. Very Good ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout hole, sticker remnants, and flaking on the top seam.)

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Antonio Carlos JobimJazz Masters 13 ... CD
Verve, 1960s/1970s/1980s. Used ... $2.99
... CD

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✨✧ Quincy Jones/Astrud GilbertoDeadly Affair ... LP
Verve, Late 60s. Very Good ... $8.99
A sublime soundtrack from Quincy! The score has a great approach that mixes crime jazz tunes with breezier numbers – inflected with a nice bossa sound, and a cool "jazz over the top" style that makes the melodies linger nicely long after they're done! Astrud Gilberto sings the wonderful cut "Who Needs Forever" – and other tracks include "Blondie Tails", "Instrumental Main Theme 2", "Ridiculous Scene", "Bobb's At Gunpoint", and "Dieter's First Mistake". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove.)

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Gunter Kallmann ChoirFantastic Sound Of Gunter Kallman Choir ... CD
Polydor/Verve (Germany), Late 60s. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the coolest vocal groups of the late 60s – Germany's Gunter Kallmann Choir, presented here in a batch of tracks that includes some of their hippest tracks from the Polydor years! The group's sound is quite similar to that of the Horst Jankowski singers – a large ensemble of mixed male and female voices, often recorded with mod instrumental touches like electric bass, bubbling organ, funky flute, and sweet percussion – an approach that seems especially well-suited to the sorts of groovy 60s tunes presented in this package! Things are plenty sweet, but never sleepy at all – a cool blend of Anglo lyrics and German studio genius – on 24 cuts that include "Windmills Of Your Mind", "Daydream", "One Summer's Day", "Live For Life", "My Cherie Amour", "Wait Until Dark", "The Eyes Of Love", "A Time For Us", "Just A Dream", "Once In Each Life", and "The Colour Of My Love". CD

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Gunter Kallmann ChoirKallman Choir Originals Vol 1 – Elisabeth Serenade/Serenade Im Schlosspark ... CD
Polydor/Verve (Germany), 1962/1964. Used ... $3.99
Dreamy vocals from the Gunter Kallmann Choir – two early albums back to back on a single CD! Elisabeth Serenade has the mixed male/female ensemble taking on a host of tunes that sometimes have traditional roots, other times are more contemporary German numbers – but still a bit different than the groovier songs they'd cut later in the 60s. Arrangements are by Kurt Edelhagen and Werner Twardy – and while the vocals are pretty straightforward, they do have a wonderfully lush vibe that prefigures the sound of later groups like Singer Unlimited. Titles include "La Montanara", "Serenade Aus Die Millionen Des Harlekin", "Traum Melodie", "Elisabeth Serenade", and "Bei Walzermusik". Serenade In Schlosspark is a batch of tunes set in a castle garden – served up with a slightly regal feel in the arrangements, in ways that almost have the Gunter Kallman ensemble singing with an even more heavenly sound than usual! A few numbers have playful melodies, with almost some Alpine touches – while others are more staid – and titles include "Indian Song", "Kerzen Serenade", "Liebe Die Nie Vergeht", "Tiritomba", "Wiegenlied", and "Concerto D'Amour". CD

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Wynton KellyComin' In The Back Door ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A real cooker of a set – and one that features Wynton's piano over some great larger backings from Claus Ogerman! The style of the set is really wonderful – as Wynton plays with a core smaller group that includes Kenny Burrell on guitar, plus regulars Paul Chambers on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums – all of whom make more than ample space for Ogerman to come into the mix and fill up the tunes with some sweetly grooving 60s backings – often using electric bass to punch up the bottom, and rollick things around in a stepping style that's a nice mainstream take on the soul jazz groove that Kelly virtually helped invent! A few tracks are more in a small combo mode, but even those manage a pretty darn smoking groove – and overall, the album's got a lot more depth than even some of Kelly's best for the Vee Jay label from previous years! Titles include the bossa groover "Cesar & Cleopatra" – plus "Quiet Village", "If That's The Way You Want It", "Comin' In The Back Door", and "Theme From Burke's Law". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear & a partially split bottom seam.)

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Lee KonitzMeets Jimmy Giuffre (Lee Konitz With Strings: An Image/Ralph Burns Free Froms/Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre) ... CD
Verve, 1951/1958/1959. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
4 Lps on 2CDs: Lee Konitz With Strings: An Image, Lee Konitz Meets Jimmy Giuffre, Piece For Clarinet & Struing Orchestra/Mobiles by Jimmy Giuffre and Free Forms by Ralph Burns. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lee KonitzVery Cool ... LP
Verve, 1957. Near Mint- ... $29.99
A slightly different album than usual for Lee Konitz in the 50s – one that's got a bit harder edge, and which has Lee working in a group with a trumpet! The set's performed by a quintet that includes Konitz usual suspects Sal Mosca on piano and Peter Ind on bass, along with Shadow Wilson on drums and Don Ferrara on trumpet. Ferrara's presence in the group gives the tunes a bit more of a punch than usual for a Konitz album of the period, and Lee responds by getting a bit edgier on some of his solo work – never too modern, and still "cool" enough to be in keeping with the title – but with a more unsettled sound that we like a lot! Titles include "Sunflower", "Movin Around", "Kary's Trance", "Crazy She Calls me", and "Billie's Bounce". Great cover, too, with Lee looking out through a bunch of ice! LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi! Back cover has some very light aging, but this is a great copy overall.)

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✨✧ Diana KrallFrom This Moment On ... CD
Verve, 2006. Used ... $1.99
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Diana KrallWhen I Look In Your Eyes ... CD
Verve, 1999. Used ... $2.99
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Gene Krupa & Buddy RichDrum Battle At JATP ... LP
Verve, 1952. Very Good ... $6.99
A pretty darn great album – with a wonderful mix of JATP swing and strong-handed drumming by the leaders. The material was mostly recorded at a Jazz At The Philharmonic show at Carnegie Hall in 1952, and although the main focus appears to be Krupa and Rich's drum work, there's actually some fantastic sax playing on the album – from both the alto of Willie Smith and the tenor of Flip Phillips, both of whom are at the height of their powers in this relaxed setting, working amazingly well around the bombastic drum pounding of Krupa and Rich. Tracks are long, and titles include "Flying Home", "Drum Boogie", "Drum Battle", and "Perdido". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a mark from sticker removal.)

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Gene Krupa & Buddy RichOriginal Drum Battle ... LP
Verve, 1952. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A pretty darn great album – with a wonderful mix of JATP swing and strong-handed drumming by the leaders. The material was recorded at a Jazz At The Philharmonic show at Carnegie Hall in 1952, and although the main focus appears to be Krupa and Rich's drum work, there's actually some fantastic sax playing on the album – from both the alto of Willie Smith and the tenor of Flip Phillips, both of whom are at the height of their powers in this relaxed setting, working amazingly well around the bombastic drum pounding of Krupa and Rich. Tracks are long, and titles include "Idaho", "Flying Home", "Drum Boogie", "Drum Battle", and "Perdido". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some ring & edge wear.)

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Lambert, Hendricks & RossSing A Song Of Basie ... CD
Verve, 1955/1957. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Verve Master Edition. BMG Direct pressing.)

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Dory Langdon (Dory Previn)Leprechauns Are Upon Me ... LP
Verve, Late 50s. Near Mint- ... $39.99
The first ever album by Dory Previn – recorded in the late 50s for Verve, as Dory Langdon! Just a year later, Dory would marry composer and pianist Andre Previn, but their professional relationship had already begun, as Andre plays piano here, along with jazz guitar great Kenny Burrell. It's done in an intimate jazzy style that's stylistically a world away form Dory's singer-songwriter records of the 70s, but it's charming, worthy stuff! Titles include "Can't We Be Enemies", "Lonely Girl In London", "Leprechauns Are Upon Me", "Carefree Love", "No", "Sea Shells", "Gooney Bird", "Just For Now", "Forget Me" and more. LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing!)

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Meade Lux LewisCat House Piano ... CD
Verve, Early 40s. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Meade Lux LewisYancey's Last Ride ... LP
Verve/Down Home, Late 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
Tracks include "Spooney Sam", "Mama's Bounce", "Shooboody", "Hangover Boogie", "Yancey's Last Ride", and "Bush Street Blues". Nice David Stone Martin cover too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Down Home Series pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the top seam and some pen on back.)

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Monica LewisSing It To The Marines ... LP
Verve, 1957. Near Mint- ... $24.99
The cover of this one might make the album one of the campiest records on Verve – but the session's a surprisingly great one, with a straighter vocal approach than you'd guess! Monica's got a really sweet vocal style – a bit sexy, and certainly adult – arranged here with some nice jazzy touches from Frank DeVol, working in backings that are a lot hipper than those we remember him using with other singers from the time. Monica handles herself like a big girl in front of all those Marines – all-woman, but clearly not giving it away to the first man in blue who walks down the street. Titles include "Blues In The Night", "Miss You", "Rough Ridin", "All Alone", "The Song Is You", "Undecided", and "I'll Be Seeing You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Nice Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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Seth MacFarlaneIn Full Swing ... CD
Verve, 2017. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Small drill hole through spine.)

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Herbie MannFlute, Brass, Vibes, & Percussion ... LP
Verve, Early 60s. Very Good ... $5.99
Excellent Verve work from Herbie – a sweet little set with a nice Latin undercurrent! The style here is similar to that of Herbie's Flautista album – and has some larger arrangements from a nonet set the backdrop for some evocative flute solos from Mann. The instrumentation is very much in the spirit of the title – with some strong use of vibes by Johny Rae, plus conga from Ray Mantilla, bongos from Ray Barretto, and snakey bass work from Nabil Totah! Includes the great track "Ritual", arranged by AK Salim – plus "Dearly Beloved", "I'll Remember April", "Autumn Leaves", and "Fife N Tambourine Corps". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Verve Inc stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Hugh MasekelaGrrr ... CD
Verve/Mercury, 1965. Used ... $24.99
Great early work from Hugh Masekela! The record features all instrumental tracks – all short, and with Hugh's funky South African trumpet rolling over the top! The overall sound is a lot less slick than on some of his late 60s hits – and you can really hear his roots in the South African jazz scene on this one. The tracks are spare, with a strong jazz component – and dancing piano lines behind the raspy and soulful trumpet and trombone solos that dominate much of the record. Titles include "U-Dwi", "Sharpville", "Sipho", "Kwa-Blaney", and "Mra". Don't pass this one up – because it's great! CD
(Out of print, digipack has some light edgewear.)

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✨✧ Gary McFarlandHow To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying – The Jazz Version ... LP
Verve, 1961. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Very swingin' instrumental version of the score to this goofy musical, arranged and conducted by Gary McFarland, with a batch of players like Clark Terry, Oliver Nelson, Phil Woods, and Joe Newman – so you know the whole thing's tight and groovy. Includes nice renditions of "Grand Old Ivy", "Happy To Keep His Dinner Warm", and "Paris Original". LP, Vinyl record album

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Gary McFarlandSoft Samba ... LP
Verve, 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $6.99
A dream of a record from Gary McFarland – lightly jazzy instrumentals with a warm bossa nova undercurrent! The style is incredible – a sweet blend of vibes, guitar, and even some light whistling – often also featuring wordless jazz vocals – scatting along with the groove in a melodic and lovely kind of way! The whole thing's incredibly charming, and even familiar tunes come across sounding quite different in McFarlands hands. Titles include "From Russia With Love", "More", "Emily", "La Vie En Rose", "The Love Goddess", and even a groovy take on "I Want To Hold Your Hand". For you true swingers, the cover includes directions for mixing a "Soft Samba Cocktail" (courtesy Spanish Sherry Institute)! LP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl appears slightly foggy on Side A, and plays with very faint noise.)

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John McLaughlinAfter The Rain ... CD
Verve, 1995. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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John McLaughlinPromise ... CD
Verve, 1995. Used ... $1.99
A far reaching set from fusion rooted, but boundlessly talented jazz guitarist John McLaughlin – featuring an all star roster of guests and admirers and a stylistic sprawling set of numbers! A few numbers with voice accompaniment add a spiritual depth, but for the most part, Promise intends to provide a snapshot of the McLaughlin's reach, from electric fusion to straighter post bop jazz and beyond – and the promise is delivered. Titles include "Django", "Thelonius Melodius" with a verse of Dante read by Stefania Bimbi, "Amy And Joseph", "The Wish", "English Jam", "The Peacocks" with a verse of Garcia Lorea read by Susana Beatrix, "Shin Jin Rui", "El Ciego" and more. CD
(Out of print original CD pressing, not a CDr. Punch through barcode & promotional stamp on booklet cover.)

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Carmen McRaeBirds Of A Feather (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
Verve, 1958. Used ... $9.99
A gimmicky album – but a nice one! Carmen sings a set of "bird-related" songs – like "Skylark", "Bob White", "Flamingo", "Bye Bye Blackbird", and "Baltimore Oriole" – and while the idea of such a record might be painful, it's made surprisingly great thanks to some help from arranger Ralph Burns! Burns backs Carmen with some strong mid-size combos, and comes up with some shimmering approaches to the songs that get past the hokier style they might have, and suits them perfectly to Carmen's deeply soulful vocals. CD
(Out of print.)

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Herb MetoyerSomething New ... LP
Verve, Mid 60s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo Verve Forecast pressing.)

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Billy MitchellThis Is Billy Mitchell ... CD
Smash/Verve, 1962. Used ... $11.99
A beautiful album by one of the most underrated tenor talents of the 60's! Billy Mitchell was one of the strongest talents to come out of the ultra-hip Detroit scene of the 50s – but his work was often buried in larger group albums by the Count Basie band, or by Basie-related players – like Frank Foster and Al Grey. This album's one of the few that Billy ever got to record on his own – and it's a lean, mean, stripped-down session – recorded with a very hip lineup. Bobby Hutcherson makes a surprising appearance in the group – playing vibes alongside Mitchell's deeply soulful tenor – and the rest of the group includes some guest trumpet work by Dave Burns, organ by Clarence Sleepy Anderson, and piano by Billy Wallace. The whole thing's got a laidback and easily grooving soul jazz sound – similar to work on Prestige of the time, but more open, with less of a formulaic approach – and a really unique blend of styles on a few numbers. Titles include "Tamba", "J&B", "Passionova", "Siam", and "Automation". CD
(Out of print.)

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Modern Jazz Ensemble (John Lewis)Little David's Fugue ... LP
Verve, 1955. Near Mint- ... $3.99
A better-than-usual set of third stream jazz by John Lewis – quite possibly because it was recorded a bit earlier than the rest! As with similar sessions on Columbia and Atlantic, this one has Lewis working with Gunther Schuller on tracks for a larger group that seek to bridge the gap between jazz and more "serious" music – almost an experiment in modern classical music, but a bit less constricted, and with plenty of room for the soloists to liven up the material. Players include JJ Johnson, Stan Getz, Tony Scott, and Lucky Thompson – who all get in some nice moments on the record – and titles include "Sun Dance", "Midsommer", "The Queen's Fancy", "Little David's Fugue", and "Django". LP, Vinyl record album
(VSP pressing. Cover has light wear & a minor stain on the bottom right corner.)

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Wes MontgomeryMovin Wes ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $16.99
One of Wes Montgomery's grooviest records of the 60s – a wonderful collaboration with the great Johnny Pate – a jazz artist at heart, but also working here as a soulful arranger who gives Wes' guitar a nicely different flavor than some of his other Verve albums of the time! Pate's probably best known for his famous work in the studio with The Impressions in the 60s – and he uses that soulful legacy to craft some very groovy charts for Montgomery – nicely upbeat at times, yet still filled with those amazing chromes from the guitar! Wes is playing here with a groove that you'll be hard pressed to find in some of his other records, while Johnny and the band go to town in kind of a soul jazz style – on titles that include "Movin Wes (parts 1 & 2)", "Moca Flor", "Theodora", "Senza Fine", and "West Coast Blues". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryMovin Wes ... LP
Verve, 1964. Very Good- Gatefold ... $3.99
One of Wes Montgomery's grooviest records of the 60s – a wonderful collaboration with the great Johnny Pate – a jazz artist at heart, but also working here as a soulful arranger who gives Wes' guitar a nicely different flavor than some of his other Verve albums of the time! Pate's probably best known for his famous work in the studio with The Impressions in the 60s – and he uses that soulful legacy to craft some very groovy charts for Montgomery – nicely upbeat at times, yet still filled with those amazing chromes from the guitar! Wes is playing here with a groove that you'll be hard pressed to find in some of his other records, while Johnny and the band go to town in kind of a soul jazz style – on titles that include "Movin Wes (parts 1 & 2)", "Moca Flor", "Theodora", "Senza Fine", and "West Coast Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Movin Wes ... CD 16.99

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Wes MontgomeryRoad Song ... CD
A&M/Verve (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $18.99
Beautifully lofty work from the great Wes Montgomery – a set that was recorded quite late in his too-short career, and really points the way towards some of the sophisticated sounds that might have followed, had Wes not left this planet all too soon! Don Sebesky is at the head of the charts this time around, and while the vibe echoes some of the other work that Montgomery did with larger backings in the period, there's also a nice current of darkness too – this intensity that can come through, even if the tune is a familiar pop number. The ensemble is filled with great players – Herbie Hancock and Hank Jones on piano, Stan Webb on flute, Grady Tate on drums, and Ray Barretto on percussion – and titles include "I'll Be Back", "Road Song", "Yesterday", "Serene", "Green Leaves Of Summer", and "Fly Me To The Moon". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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Wes MontgomerySilver Collection ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1965/1966. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Wes MontgomeryTequila ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1966. New Copy ... $16.99
A classic from Wes Montgomery – and exactly the kind of record that made him a legend in the 60s! The set's one of Wes' collaborations with arranger Claus Ogerman – a key talent who was really on the rise at the time, and who understood how to perfectly balance Montgomery's unique sound on the guitar with larger arrangements in the back. There's a slightly Latin feel to some of the rhythms, as you might guess from the title – but it's very slight, and more there just to give the tracks a bit of a slink, in the classic full-on production way that Wes was using for his best Verve and A&M work in the late 60s. Titles include the classic groover "Bumpin On Sunset", plus the cuts "The Big Hurt", "Midnight Mood", "The Thumb", and "What The World Needs Now". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Tequila (with bonus tracks) ... CD 7.99

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Wes MontgomeryTequila (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1966. Used ... $7.99
A classic from Wes Montgomery – and exactly the kind of record that made him a legend in the 60s! The set's one of Wes' collaborations with arranger Claus Ogerman – a key talent who was really on the rise at the time, and who understood how to perfectly balance Montgomery's unique sound on the guitar with larger arrangements in the back. There's a slightly Latin feel to some of the rhythms, as you might guess from the title – but it's very slight, and more there just to give the tracks a bit of a slink, in the classic full-on production way that Wes was using for his best Verve and A&M work in the late 60s. Titles include the classic groover "Bumpin On Sunset", plus the cuts "The Big Hurt", "Midnight Mood", "The Thumb", and "What The World Needs Now". Also includes the bonus tracks "Wives & Lovers", "Big Hurt" plus other alternate takes. CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Tequila ... CD 16.99

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Wes MontgomeryWillow Weep For Me ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1965. New Copy ... $18.99
A strange little record, but a great one too – a posthumous album that took older Wes Montgomery sides and souped them up a bit after his death! The core material here is quartet recordings done in 1965 – Montgomery's guitar in a hip group with Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – other material recorded at the same time as the Smokin At The Half Note set, discovered later by Verve, and augmented with fuller backings from Claus Ogerman for this record in 1968. In contrast to some of Wes' other albums of this nature, the core combo grooving was done first, which then ends up directing Ogerman's arrangements – and not the other way around – making for a really unique mix of sounds, especially on some of the longer tracks. Titles include "Four On Six", "Oh You Crazy Moon", "Willow Weep For Me", "Misty", "Impressions", and "Portrait Of Jennie". CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)

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James MoodyJames Moody ... CD
Argo/Verve, 1959. Used ... $11.99
Great work from Moody's "second phase" – the post-Overbrook time in which he picks up the flute, drops a bit of the bop style, and starts working in a much more complicated style that showed that he had a hell of a lot of room to grow as an artist! This album's Moody's second for Argo – recorded in 1959, with help from the brilliant arranger Tom McIntosh. Players include Johnny Coles, Musa Kaleem, Gene Kee, and McIntosh – and the album features the first reading of Moody's famous "Darben The Redd Foxx", plus "Cookie", "RBQ", "Daahoud", and McIntosh's perennial favorite, "With Malice Toward None". CD
(Out of print.)

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Miles MosleyUprising ... CD
Verve, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
Blue-eyed funky soul from Miles Mosley – an artist who's working here with the West Coast Get Down group that features Cameron Graves on piano and Kamasai Washington on tenor sax! The vocals are definitely in the lead, though – as Miles draws on classic soul and jazz that really push his vocal range – on material that's nicely open and expressive, maybe more so than other singers of this nature. There's some larger arrangements at times – but most of the energy seems to come from the core combo, of which Miles is definitely in the lead – on tracks that include "LA Won't Bring You Down", "Heartbreaking Efforts Of Others", "Your Only Cover", "More Than This", "Reap A Soul", and "Young Lion". CD
Also available Uprising ... LP 18.99

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Miles MosleyUprising ... LP
Verve, 2017. New Copy ... $18.99 21.99
Blue-eyed funky soul from Miles Mosley – an artist who's working here with the West Coast Get Down group that features Cameron Graves on piano and Kamasai Washington on tenor sax! The vocals are definitely in the lead, though – as Miles draws on classic soul and jazz that really push his vocal range – on material that's nicely open and expressive, maybe more so than other singers of this nature. There's some larger arrangements at times – but most of the energy seems to come from the core combo, of which Miles is definitely in the lead – on tracks that include "LA Won't Bring You Down", "Heartbreaking Efforts Of Others", "Your Only Cover", "More Than This", "Reap A Soul", and "Young Lion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)
Also available Uprising ... CD 7.99

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Paul MotianReincarnation Of A Love Bird ... CD
Verve/JMT, 1994. Used ... $13.99
... CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole, booklet has a gold promotional stamp.)

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✨✧ Gerry MulliganComplete Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster ... CD
Verve, 1959. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
Features loads of bonus tracks! CD
(Verve Master Edition. Out of print. Back cover has a few small notes in pen – mostly marks next to titles.)

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Mark MurphyOnce To Every Heart ... CD
Verve, 2005. Used ... $1.99
Easily the greatest album that vocalist Mark Murphy has recorded in years – and a surprising departure from a lot of his recent work! Murphy did the album in collaboration with German trumpeter Til Bronner – a player we mostly know for his own smoothly soulful, and often-grooving albums. Yet here, Bronner's got both himself and Murphy working in a lush mode that recalls the spirit of 60s sessions arranged by Claus Ogerman or Don Sebesky – Bronner on trumpet with a core jazz group, augmented by larger orchestrations on most tracks – and recorded in a spaciously sublime way that often has Murphy's vocals hanging beautifully in mid-air! There's a breathtaking depth to the album that gets past some of the simple tracks and over-tread territory of other recent Murphy albums – almost as if the album's the "classic" that Mark never got to record back in the day, but which is finally coming out now, 50 years into his career in music! A real contrast to the recent Mark Murphy dancefloor work – such as his vocals with Five Corners Quintet – and featuring the originals "I Know You From Somewhere" and "Our Game" – plus standards "It Never Entered My Mind", "I'm Through With Love", "When I Fall In Love/My One & Only Love", and "Love Is Here To Stay". CD
(Out of print. Barcode has a cutout hole.)

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Oliver NelsonFull Nelson ... LP
Verve, 1963. Very Good Gatefold ... $11.99
Excellent work from one of our favorite arrangers! Nelson was a super-hip super-soulful genius who crafted some of the best charts in the 60s. He managed to work in a great amount of jazz where other arrangers would leave things cold – and on a record like this he manages to make a large group swing really nicely in a very confined space. His own work on alto dominates the record, but the groups backing him up include Phil Woods, Jerome Richardson, Clark Terry, Romeo Penque, and Jimmy Raney – many of whom manage to sneak in some nice sharp solo moments. Titles include "Back Woods", "Full Nelson", "Skokiaan", "Majorca", "Miss Fine", "Paris Blues", and "Lilia's Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing, with obi and insert. Cover has some pen inside the gatefold.)

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Anita O'DayAnita O'Day At Mister Kelly's ... CD
Verve/Polygram (Japan), 1958. Used ... $11.99
Anita's fast and free in this live set recorded at Chicago's famous Mister Kelly's nightclub – a venue that gives the recording a nice intimate feel! As with many of her Verve sides, Anita dominates the set with her wit, warmth, and personality – working the crowd as much as an entertainer as a singer, and giving the record a direct approach that's quite different from torchier vocal sessions of the time. Backing is by a piano trio – and titles include "Tea For Two", "Star Eyes", "Have You Met Miss Jones", "The Song Is You", "Every Time I'm With You", and "But Not For Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Anita O'DayAnita O'Day Swings Cole Porter With Billy May ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $6.99
Something of an addition to the Verve "songbook" mode of the 50s – but it's also one that's a lot more dynamic than the others, thanks to some very jazzy arrangements from Billy May! The groove here is very upbeat and jazzy – hard-swinging in the manner that May forged with Sinatra over at Capitol, with lots of twists and turns in the backings that really help transform the tunes! Anita's dynamic vocals really match the spirit of the arrangements – and soar out with a quality that's some of her best and boldest at Verve. Titles include "I Love You", "Get Out Of Town", "Just One Of Those Things", "Easy To Love", "I Get A Kick Out Of You", and "Love For Sale". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label Verve Inc pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam, mostly split spine, & split bottom seam.)

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Anita O'DayCool Heat – Anita O'Day Sings Jimmy Guiffre Arrangements ... LP
Verve, 1959. Near Mint- ... $16.99
Very cool work from Anita O'Day – a session cut with Jimmy Giuffre arrangements, in a style that's a bit different than some of her other 50s work for Verve! Jimmy brings a nice touch of modernism to the record – casting the horns in ways that show his own love of creative colors and careful phrasing, which makes for a bit more sensitivity than you'd hear on some of her dates with Billy May. Anita really responds to this shift with her vocals – stepping around the tunes carefully, and seeming to slide in alongside Giuffre's horn charts in a really fresh way. The vibe's a bit like that of June Christy on Capitol with Pete Rugolo – which is a great recommendation to us – and titles include "Hershey Bar", "A Lover Is Blue", "Mack The Knife", "You're A Clown", and "Orphan Annie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, including the insert & obi. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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Charlie ParkerApril In Paris – Charlie Parker With Strings (Genius Of Charlie Parker #2) ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Very Good- ... $8.99
The genius of Bird and strings is hard to describe – an edgey aproach that really goes far past most other "jazz with strings" projects, not a ballad-driven one, but a tensely strained one that brings out some of Parker's best soloing, almost in a moody soundtrack-type way. The tracks are a lot freer and less bop-driven than some of Bird's normal work, and it's incredible to hear him soloing with such complexity – even more proof of the genius he clearly exhibited in relation to his contemporaries. Titles include "Just Friends", "Easy To Love", "East Of The Sun", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "April In Paris", and "Summertime". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label Clef Series pressing with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has some wear & tape along the seams.)

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Charlie ParkerCharlie Parker Plays Standards – Jazz Masters 28 ... CD
Verve, Early 50s. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print, BMG music club pressing.)

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Charlie ParkerJazz Perennial – Genius Of Charlie Parker #7 ... LP
Verve, 1949. Very Good+ ... $6.99
One of our favorite of Verve's "genius of" collections of Charlie Parker's work – largely because it includes some wonderful and oft-overlooked vocal tunes! 4 of the tracks on the set feature Bird blowing with a vocal chorus arranged by Dave Lambert – in a style that shouldn't work, but does – thanks to Lambert's keen bop sensibilities (heard here before his Lambert Hendricks & Ross years), and to players in the group that include Hal McKusick, Max Roach, and Charles Mingus. Other tracks have Parker either playing in a quartet with Buddy Rich, Ray Brown, and Hank Jones – or in a different group with Kenny Dorham and Tommy Turk. Titles include "Cardboard", "Visa", "Segment", "Passport", "Diverse", "I'm In the Mood For Love", "If I Love Again", and "Star Eyes". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some wear.)

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Charlie ParkerNight & Day – The Genius Of Charlie Parker #1 ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Good ... $4.99
A classic 50s collection of Verve material by Charlie Parker – and one of those records that will definitely help you understand his genius right from the start! The lineup here is slightly large – wonderful arrangements by Joe Lipman that are a bit orchestral, with strings as well – but never used in styles that get in the way of Charlie Parker's solidly smoking alto sax! In fact, the music is a key example of just what makes Bird so different – as he's right out front, taking off in all his own directions – showing that although part of a group, a musician of his caliber can also take flight in ways that few jazz musicians would have imagined a few years before. The set features incredible readings of the tunes "Temptation", "Lover", "Stella By Starlight", "Dancing In The Dark", and "Laura". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label Clef pressing, with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has completely split seams and comes in two pieces, with aging and a light stain.)

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Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, and othersJam Session #2 ... LP
Verve, Early 50s. Good+ ... $9.99
One of the first of Norman Granz's famous Jam Session series – featuring Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, and Benny Carter in a three-alto frontline, plus work by Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, JC Heard, Barney Kessel, Ben Webster, and Flip Phillips. The first side features "What Is This Thing Called Love" and "Funky Blues" is on the B side. LP, Vinyl record album
(Verve Inc pressing, with trumpeter logo & deep groove. Cover has split top seam.)

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Oscar PetersonAffinity ... LP
Verve, 1962. Very Good ... $4.99
Affinity – a beautiful word to describe the Peterson trio on this set – as at the time of the recording, Oscar's piano was perfectly matched with the bass of Ray Brown and the drums of Ed Thigpen! The album's got a simple genius that's hard to describe adequately – especially as the Peterson approach has been copied by so many other players over the years. Suffice it to say that the tunes are a masterpiece of simple, elegant soul – understated but never under-performed – on a set list that includes "Six & Four", "Waltz For Debbie", "Gravy Waltz", "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big", and "Baubles Bangles & Beads". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Oscar PetersonGeorge Gershwin Song Book ... LP
Verve, 1959. Near Mint- ... $7.99
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(80s pressing.)

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Oscar PetersonJazz Portrait Of Frank Sinatra ... LP
Verve, 1959. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Oscar pays tribute to Frank – but he uses his keys, not his voice – to come up with some great renditions of tunes from Sinatra's classic Capitol years! It's true that Peterson was known to vocalize on some sessions (most notably on his tribute to Nat King Cole, recorded a few years later) – but this album is straight trio grooving, with Peterson skipping soulfully over the keys of the piano, abetted by Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – in a wonderfully-crafted set of tunes that includes "Witchcraft", "Come Dance With Me", "You Make Me Feel So Young", "All Of Me", "It Happened In Monterey", and "The Tender Trap". LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole.)

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Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson – The Songbooks (5CD set) ... CD
Verve (Germany), 1959. New Copy 5CD ... $39.99
Oscar Peterson returns to a format that he used during his earliest days on Verve Records, but at a level that shows a great deal of change – even though only a few short years had passed! Oscar Peterson's "Plays" albums of the early 50s were a set of landmark records dedicated to the work of important American popular composers – and here, in a marathon set of sessions in 1959, Peterson returns to most of the same songwriters – but using a trio style that's very fresh and new! Before, Peterson was working in his trio format with guitar and bass alongside the piano – but here, he works with older partner Ray Brown on bass and the completely amazing Ed Thigpen on drums – a percussionist who was really bringing a quiet revolution to the sound of his instrument in jazz, in ways that were subtle, but a perfect match for Oscar's work on the keys. Peterson himself is completely amazing – even more mindblowingly dexterous than a few years before, and even more soulful too – and the whole thing's a non-stop testament to that really special level he was hitting at the end of the 50s. The 5CD package features 9 full albums in all, along with detailed notes – a total of 108 tracks. Includes the Oscar Peterson Plays The Songbook sets of Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Jerome Kern, Richard Rodgers, Harold Arlen, Jimmy McHugh, and both Harry Warren and Vincent Youmans, combined on one record. CD

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Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson Plays The Cole Porter Song Book ... CD
Verve/Jazz Heritage, 1959. Used ... $3.99
Cole Porter's tunes are great enough on their own, but Oscar really opens them up on this set – picking up the inherent rhythms in the numbers and really working them over – in a way that makes the outing one of the most lively in Peterson's songbook series for Verve! Oscar's fluid touch on the keys is perfect throughout – taking lots of chances, but always strongly following the melody – and rhythm accompaniment is from the usual team of Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums. Titles include "In The Still Of The Night", "Love For Sale", "It's All Right With Me", "Just One Of Those Things", "Night & Day", "It's De-Lovely", and "I Love Paris". CD
(With full color artwork.)

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Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson Quartet ... LP
Verve, 1952. Very Good+ ... $5.99
Early work from Oscar Peterson – 1952 sessions that originally appeared on 10" album releases, then were issued on this Clef Records set with a cool David Stone Martin cover sketch! The group features Oscar with frequent partner Ray Brown on bass – plus drums from Alvin Stoller and guitar from Barney Kessel – the latter of whom plays in a way that's different than the guitar/piano pairing Peterson got with Herb Ellis. Tracks are all nice and long – and include "Body & Soul", "Oh, Lady Be Good", "The Astaire Blues" and "Stompin At The Savoy". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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Oscar PetersonOscar Peterson Trio At JATP ... LP
Verve, Late 40s/Early 50s. Very Good ... $4.99
A full album that compiles Jazz At The Philharmonic appearances by the Oscar Peterson Trio – a group that in this case features Ray Brown on bass and Barney Kessel on guitar! The tracks are all long and jamming – very open, and a bit harder hitting than some of Peterson's studio sides, especially given the length of the tracks. Titles include "Tenderly", "C Jam Blues", "Seven Come Eleven", "Sweet Georgia Brown", and "Cotton Tail" – the last of which features an expanded lineup of JATP players. LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM pressing. Cover has some staining.)
 
 
 



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