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Tony Aless with Seldon PowellTony Aless & His Long Island Suite ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the few albums ever cut as a leader by pianist Tony Aless – an unsung hero of the big band years, especially in the Woody Herman group – and a great arranger too! This set's an all-original outing – a suite of tracks dedicated to Long Island, and played by a very hip group ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Dizzy Gillespie & Charlie ParkerDiz N Bird In Concert ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1947/1953. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Not the famous Verve Records pairing of Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker – but instead a more obscure live date from 1947, but one that really lets you hear the genius that happens when both players take the stage! The tunes have this approach that really hits at the most creative side of ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Beverly KenneyBeverly Kenny Sings With Jimmy Jones & The Basie-ites ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $14.99
Bev Kenny sounds surprisingly great in this Basie-styled setting – one that has Jimmy Jones handling the keys instead of the Count – with added support from players who include Joe Newman on trumpet, Frank Wess on tenor and flute, and Freddie Green on guitar! Like most of Kenny's ... (Vocalists) read more CD
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✨✧ Bud PowellBud Powell Trio ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1947/1953. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Seminal sounds from the great Bud Powell – recorded right at an early moment when the pianist was bursting into Birdland fame – working here with a key trio that features Curley Russell on bass and a young Max Roach on drums! Bud seems to have a bit more color in his keys here than in ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Seldon PowellSeldon Powell Plays ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great work from one of our favorite reedmen of the 50s! Seldon Powell is one of the all-time tenor greats, but on most of the recordings he made, he's always buried in the mix, or hidden in the credits behind the name of a famous bandleader. However, on this album, one of the few made under his ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Gene Quill3 Bones & A Quill ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99
One of the few albums ever recorded as a leader by alto saxophonist Gene Quill – and a "with trombones" session, as you might guess from the title! Quill's tone is really wonderful overall – crisp, yet soulful – and with an amazingly fluid feel that reminds us of the ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Johnny SmithDesigned For You ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Johnny Smith really helped bring the sound of jazz guitar to a huge audience in the 50s – and an album like this is a perfect demonstration of his subtle genius on the instrument! At a time when so many others were working the guitar with a hard-edged sound, Smith moves into territory that's ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Johnny SmithFlower Drum Song ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), Late 50s. New Copy ... About July 26, 2017 (delayed)
One of the more obscure sessions from jazz guitarist Johnny Smith – whose chromatic style turns out to be a surprisingly great fit for the material here! The group's a bit unusual, too – with Charles McCracken on cello, joining the trio with George Roumanis on bass and Mousie Alexander ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Johnny SmithGuitar & Strings ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99
A very special album from Johnny Smith – one of the few to feature his sublime guitar sound amidst a larger string setting – which only seems to emphasize the moodier, darker tones of his instrument! The album's a lot like his My Dear Little Sweetheart set – and, like that one, ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Johnny SmithJohnny Smith Favorites ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Guitarist Johnny Smith in a sweet, laidback trio setting – just the kind of mode that's perfect for his gentle sense of color and tone – a style he virtually invented for jazz guitar in the 50s! The album's one of his classics for the Roost label, and it's a masterpiece in chromatic ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Johnny SmithJohnny Smith Foursome ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An overlooked 50s set from guitarist Johnny Smith – one that features a piano added into his trio, hence the "foursome" in the title! The pianist here is Bob Pancoast, who has a fluid, sometimes gentle touch on the keys – one that spins out Smith's guitar a bit more than ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Johnny SmithJohnny Smith Foursome Vol 2 ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $14.99
The second record from Johnny Smith's "Foursome" group – a great ensemble that features Bob Pancoast on piano, in addition to Smith's guitar, the bass of George Roumanis, and drums of Mousie Alexander! The sound here still has the gentler feel of Smith's other Roost work, but the ... (Jazz) read more CD
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✨✧ Johnny SmithJohnny Smith Plays Jimmy Van Heusen ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Guitarist Johnny Smith plays the music of Jimmy Van Heusen – a composer whose understated approach is a perfect match for the subtle style of the stringman! The songs are mostly easygoing numbers, in a style that suits Johnny well – and allows him to open up those fluid tones and ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Johnny SmithJohnny Smith Plus The Trio ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99
A trio is helping out guitarist Johnny Smith – but, as with all of his other Roost Records of the time, the man himself is very far out in the lead – making real magic on the strings of his guitar, and playing with an effortless command of tone and color! Some moments of the record ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Johnny SmithJohnny Smith Quartet ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1955. New Copy ... $13.99
Sublime guitar work from the great Johnny Smith – a musician who was years ahead of his time, and influenced a generation with his clean, clear tone on the instrument! Smith's in a perfect setting here – a Roost label quartet date that includes Bob Pancost on piano, George Roumanis on ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Johnny SmithMy Dear Little Sweetheart ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99
One of the most obscure Johnny Smith albums for Roost – and one of the most striking, too! The album takes the sound of Johnny's guitar and backs it with some larger arrangements from Irwin Kostal – very mellow, and very string-laden – with a dreamy late nite quality that's even ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Johnny SmithReminiscing ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), Early 60s. New Copy ... About July 26, 2017 (delayed)
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Johnny SmithSound Of The Johnny Smith Guitar ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99
The Johnny Smith sound is a wonderful one – not just the sound that he makes with his groundbreaking work on the strings of the guitar, but also the way he records the instrument – which set a new standard in jazz guitar albums, and also helped pave the way for countless generations to ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Sonny Stitt37 Minutes & 48 Seconds ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1956. New Copy ... $9.99
The title might sound a bit clinical, but the music within is anything but – and instead is that sort of special, magical work that always makes Sonny Stitt a real cut above most of his contemporaries! The notes try to link Stitt to Charlie Parker – but apart from a postwar sense of ... (Jazz) read more CD
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Sonny StittSaxophones Of Sonny Stitt ... CD
Roost/Warner (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99
Magical Stitt work on Roost – an album of marked understatement, from the simple title, standard cover, and lack of session details on the back – all of which might make you think "oh yeah, heard this one before." But one drop of the needle opens the album up immediately ... (Jazz) read more CD
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