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Evolution Of Oneself
Smoke Sessions, 2015. New Copy
The title here is very apt – as Orrin Evans is a pianist who seems to be in a constant state of evolution these days – from his wonderful work on larger projects, to his completely sublime sounds in a trio like this! Evans' notes seem even more fluid and cascading than ever – set ... CD
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Swing Waltz Swing
Rearward/Schema (Italy), 1966. New Copy
One of the coolest projects ever to come from the Clarke Boland Big Band scene of the 60s – an album done under the leadership of Austrian tenor player Carl Drewo, but one that features all of his bandmates from the better-known big band! The set's wonderfully swinging throughout – ... CD
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Vogue/Rearward (Italy), Late 60s. New Copy
Double-length brilliance from the mighty Sahib Shihab – a set that collects a number of killer 60s sessions with members of the Clarke Boland Big Band – all of them great! The small combo work here is amazing – hard-hitting modal jazz that matches, if not tops the best MPS/Saba ... CD
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At Her Majesty's Pleasure
Black Lion/Rearward (Italy), 1969. New Copy
One of the greatest long-form albums from the Clarke Boland Big Band – a sophisticated suite that not only shows off the writing ability of Francy Boland, but also demonstrates the group's ability to swing like a mofo, even when things are serious! The album's a jazz suite written by Boland, ... CD
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Tension – Jazz Themes From Italian Movies
Schema/Fez (Italy), 1999. New Copy
A wonderful idea for a record – a project that offers up new recordings of older Italian jazz soundtrack themes – a perfect set to bridge both aspects of the mighty Schema label! The group's led by altoist Rosario Giuliani – a player with a really classic ear, and a great choice ... CD
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MPS/Rearward (Italy), 1969. New Copy
A large group in a small club – the legendary Clarke Boland Big Band, playing at the home turf of one of their key members – tenorist Ronnie Scott! The set features a very legendary performance by the ensemble – a crack lineup that's easily one of the best ever sported by the ... CD
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Mirrors
Freedom/Rearward (Italy), 1971. New Copy
An excellent early 70s set from Benny Bailey – originally issued on Freedom, but recorded by Gigi Campi, with arrangements by Francy Boland – and very much in the mode of work at the time on MPS. The session features Bailey as the lead soloist amidst bandmates from the Clarke-Boland ... CD
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Golden Eight – Encore!
Rearward (Italy), 1961. New Copy
Way more than an "encore" of the legendary Clarke Boland album Golden Eight – and instead a whole different set of recordings, done way back in 1961, but unissued until now! The album's a killer through and through – every bit the same sort of gem you'd get with the early ... CD
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Tribute To Someone
Rearward/Schema (Italy), Mid 60s. New Copy
A lost Italian gem from the 60s! Bassist Giorgio Azzolini was one of Italy's best players during the postwar years, and this handsome reissue brings to light one of his rarer sessions from the 60s. The record's a lyrical septet session, with Azzolini's warm round basslines right up front, and ... CD
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Afrodite
Vedette/Rearward/Schema (Italy), 1977. New Copy
A beautiful 70s session from Italian jazz legends Dino Piana and Oscar Valdambrini – the latter of whom is best known for his cooking 60s sets in the Basso-Valdambrini combo, but who sounds quite different here! Given that Piana plays trombone and Valdambrini plays trumpet, there's a nicely ... CD
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Blue Train
Rearward (Italy), 1967. New Copy
Early work from Italian piano giant Guido Manusardi – recorded in crackling trio format, with Albert Heath on drums! The album's a rare Swedish session – one that features Manusardi really kicking it up on the keys, working through a hip set of jazz standards and a few originals – ... CD
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Night In Fonorama
Schema/Rearward (Italy), 1964. New Copy
One of the best of the Schema/Rearward reissues of lost Italian jazz – and a sparkling session that features the work of a young Gato Barbieri, plus trumpeter Franco Ambrosetti, pianist Franco D'Andrea, and bassist Giovanni Tommaso. Drummer Franco Tonani leads the session – but the ... CD
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Rearward/Schema (Italy), 1962. New Copy
Beautiful trio material from Italian pianist Enrico Intra – a player with a great sense of rhythm, and a nice sharp edge in his music! Intra's piano is quite modern at times, although never in ways that are too out or academic – always coming back to the inside for some warmer notes ... CD
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Music For The Small Hours
EMI/Rearward (Italy), 1967. New Copy
One of the hippest albums ever from the team of Kenny Clarke and Francy Boland – a unique small combo session that's even groovier than their famous big band work! The setting is wonderful – Clarke on drums, Boland on piano, and a sextet lineup that includes Sahib Shihab on flute, Fats ... CD
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Lady Heavy Bottom's Waltz
Rearward/Schema (Italy), 1968. New Copy
One of the rarest Johnny Griffin albums ever – a set recorded as a side project when Griff was working with the Clarke Boland Big Band – in a lineup that features some of the best members from that great ensemble! The style's a bit more laidback and soulful than other CBBB projects ... CD
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Crucial Moment
Schema/Rearward (Italy), 1968. New Copy
A classic session of Italian modernist jazz – led by bassist Giorgio Azzolini, and featuring searing trumpet work by Enrico Rava! Pianist Franco D'Andrea and drummer Aldo Romano complete the group – and the tracks show a definite influence of the free jazz stylings that were sweeping ... CD
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What's Happening?
Schema/Rearward (Italy), 1966. New Copy
The rich warm tones of bassist Giorgio Azzolini head this classic Italian jazz session from the 60s, lovingly restored and packaged by the great Rearward label! Pianist Franco D'Andrea and drummer Franco Tonani join Azzolini for the session – and the trio have an approach that's clearly ... CD
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Abstraction
Schema/Rearward (Italy), 1969. New Copy
One of the more obscure reissues to come out on the great Rearward imprint – but an excellent lost session of piano jazz, recorded in Milan in 1969! Pianist Oscar Rocchi has a sweet soulful approach to the piano, with a tone that's almost slightly funky at times – partly in reflection ... CD
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Quartetto Gianni Basso
Vedette/Rearward (Italy), 1981. New Copy
European jazz sweetness from Gianni Basso and his excellent quartet of Italian scene players – a masterful early 80s set with real warmth, and a timeless elegance! Basso's ear for classic small combo jazz serves him incredible well on these recordings, with an easy going, but no less ... CD
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Rearward (Italy), 1961. New Copy
A rare early 60s set from the Jacques Pelzer Quartet – a pivotal figure in the Belgian and European jazz scenes – a really great set that wins with both a complicated, invigorating freshness, as well as working in the tightly grooving, linear jazz sounds that were happening ... CD
 
Updated September 04, 2015


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