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One of Johnny's best 60s albums for Verve – a hard-wailing small group session with a very soulful feel! The group's a quintet with some very strong players – including a young Jimmy Ponder on organ, plus Billy Gardner on organ, Freddie Waits on drums, and Ron Carter on bass. Johnny ... LP, Vinyl record album
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hodges leads a large group of Ellington players that includes Willie Cook, Clark Terry, Cat Anderson, Jimmy Hamilton, Harry Carney, Ray Nance, and Jimmy Woode. The overall sound has that Ellington-minus-Ellington, plus-Hoges feel of similar Verve sessions like these – with lots of nice ... LP, Vinyl record album
A beautiful record from Gato Barbieri – almost a return to more traditional forms, but still graced with the searching, burning quality that made most of his early 70s sides so great! The tracks are all long and exploratory – and have Gato blowing with that tremendous tenor tone – ... LP, Vinyl record album
A killer compilation of Tom Scott's great work for the Flying Dutchman label – including many numbers that you'll have a hard time finding on vinyl otherwise! In later years, Tom's reed style became fairly cliched – but on these earlier sides, he shines like a diamond, riffing away ... LP, Vinyl record album
Way groovier than you'd expect – especially given the "great dance bands" in the title! Steve's working here not just on his usual piano, but also organ and electric keys too – bringing a decidedly modern flair to the tunes in the set, a style that's quite similar to some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Louis Armstrong hits the Flying Dutchman label – and unlocks a whole new spiritual side of his talents – a mode that's quite different than some of his crossover pop of the 60s! The style here has a bit of righteous elements in the lyrics, and lots of spiritual jazz in the backings ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great work from a fantastic period of drummer Chico Hamilton – a time when he'd moved way past the chamber jazz of his 50s years, and even some of his more freewheeling 60s modes on Impulse Records! Here, Chico seems really obsessed with rhythm – to a level where he's not afraid to ... LP, Vinyl record album
Maybe one of the greatest albums ever cut by organist Richard Groove Holmes – and a set that's worth it alone for the massive title track! Groove soars right out of the gate on that one – taking up most of side one with help from a vamping trio of guitar and drums – while he ... LP, Vinyl record album
A funky blend of rock, jazz, and soul – played in the free spirit of the early Flying Dutchman label – by a hip group that includes Dennis Budimir, Mike Melvoin, and Tom Scott. The album's got a really nice uptight feel, with a few tracks that have cracking drums and a nice breaking ... LP, Vinyl record album
An incredible batch of electric funk from Grover Washington Jr – easily one of his best albums ever! The record really picks up from the sweet CTI sound of the 70s – taking Bob James arrangements with a lot of space and electric keyboards, and letting Groover blow some wonderfully ... LP, Vinyl record album