Scripting is disabled or not working. requires JavaScript to function correctly.
Style sheets are disabled or not working. requires style sheets to function correctly.
CD, LP, Vinyl record album cover art
Enlarge       Note

Story Tale

LP (Item 13072) Jazzland, 1961 — Condition: Near Mint-

A brilliant collaboration between Clifford Jordan and Sonny Red! At the time of this recording, Jordan was one of a number of firey young tenor players from Chicago – all of them hard-blowing, with a nice soulful bottom that opened up a bop sound to more moods and emotions – but Jordan stood apart from most of them with an approach that was decidedly more complex and forward-thinking. As you'll hear on the album's tracks, he wasn't content enough to just blow off a riff – but had to twist things up a bit, working a tune for more shades and colors than it might yield with another player, pushing on the proceedings with an edge that works especially well for Red, who opens up here more than he does on some of his other sides from the time. Red's tone is excellent – a sharper one next to Jordan's more supple blowing – and the pair are a perfect team to lead off tunes like "Prints", "Hip Pockets", "A Story Tale", and "Defiance".  © 1996-2019, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Maroon label stereo Orpheum pressing.)

Near Mint - (minus)

  • Black vinyl that may show a slight amount of dust or dirt.
  • Should still be very shiny under a light, even with slight amount of dust on surface.
  • One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so. These marks cannot be too deep, and should only be surface marks that won't affect play, but might detract from the looks.
  • May have some flaws and discoloration in the vinyl, but only those that would be intrinsic to the pressing. These should disappear when the record is tilted under the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record. (Buddah and ABC pressings from the 70's are a good example of this.)
  • May have some slight marks from aging of the paper sleeve on the vinyl.
  • Possible minor surface noise when played.

Additional Marks & Notes

If something is noteworthy, we try to note it in the comments — especially if it is an oddity that is the only wrong thing about the record. This might include, but isn't limited to, warped records, tracks that skip, cover damage or wear as noted above, or strictly cosmetic flaws.

You might be interested

Frank Strozier

Long Night
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good-
An incredible album, and one of Strozier's best! The record is an excellent example of the maturity and modernism that was coming out of the Chicago jazz scene as it hit the early 60s – and it features Strozier's soulful alto in the company of some of the city's best players, like pianist ... LP, Vinyl record album

Junior Mance

Soul Of Hollywood
Jazzland, 1962. Very Good
One of the best Junior Mance albums from the time – mostly because it's got Melba Liston arranging a larger group to back up Junior on the set! As on most albums of this type, Junior's almost better when he doesn't have to lead a trio – because he can concentrate on bouncing around ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joe Alexander

Blue Jubilee
Jazzland, 1960. Near Mint-
A soul jazz masterpiece – and one of the rarest albums on the Jazzland label! Tenorist Joe Alexander has a mean, raw tone on the set – clearly influenced by the early 60s soul jazz generation, but also with some nicely off-beat tones that give him a really unique feel. He's backed ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Griffin & Eddie Lockjaw Davis

Tough Tenors
Jazzland, 1960. Very Good+
Another one of the great Griffin/Davis collaborations from the early 60's, and a tight bit of work with the added appearance of Junior Mance on piano. The two of them manage to ride a groove that straddles the hardbop and soul jazz camps, and they groove along nicely, with well delivered solos ... LP, Vinyl record album

Johnny Griffin & Eddie Lockjaw Davis

Tough Tenor Favorites
Jazzland, 1962. Very Good
The soulful tenor of Eddie Lockjaw Davis meets the modernist bop sounds of Johnny Griffin in another one of their fierce two-tenor sides from the early 60s! The group on here includes the always-amazing Horace Parlan on piano, plus some lively drumming from the oft-overlooked Ben Riley. This one's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Chuck Mangione

Jazzland, Early 60s. Very Good
Chuck Mangione – but a hip Mangione! This is an early session by Chuck – cut when he was a young hopeful from nowhere on the trumpet, featuring him and tenor player Joe Romano with a soulful rhythm section of Wynton Kelly, Sam Jones, and Louis Hayes. With players like those, it's hard ... LP, Vinyl record album

George Shearing & The Montgomery Brothers

George Shearing & The Montgomery Brothers
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good
Some of jazz's most sensitive artists get together in a lyrical set of light-handed ditties. Shearing's piano is a surprisingly nice complement to the vibes/bass/guitar sound of The Montgomery Brothers – and the group is augmented by some nice Latin percussion. Tracks are short, and titles ... LP, Vinyl record album

Eddie Lockjaw Davis & Johnny Griffin

Griff & Lock
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good
Classic tenors head-to-head – as Griff & Lock lay out one of their excellent 2 tenor classics from the early 60s! The rhythm section's deeply soulful – with Junior Mance on piano, Larry Gales on bass, and Ben Riley on drums – and the album grooves through some long blowers, a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Harry Arnold with Nat Adderley, Coleman Hawkins, Lucky Thompson, & Others

Great Big Band & Friends
Jazzland, 1961. Very Good
Swedish recording featuring an all-star band of American players like Nat Adderley, Lucky Thompson, Coleman Hawkins, and the great Benny Bailey – all playing as soloists with the orchestra of Swedish bandleader Harry Arnold. Benny Bailey is especially sweet here, and his solos on "Image& ... LP, Vinyl record album

Herbie Hancock

Maiden Voyage
Blue Note, 1965. Very Good-
A brilliant album – and real turning point for Herbie Hancock! After first coming onto the scene as the soul jazz hero between Blue Note funky classics like "Watermelon Man" or "Blind Man, Blind Man" – Herbie emerges here as a concerned modernist with a strand of ... LP, Vinyl record album

George Benson

Bad Benson
CTI, 1974. Near Mint- Gatefold
Pretty mellow stuff from George Benson, but with some nice moments! Don Sebesky handled the arrangements for this set of larger backings – but Benson's guitar is right out front, hitting some super-dope lines at the best moments, stretching out from the warm Fender Rhodes or horn heavy ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cal Tjader

Ritmo Caliente!
Fantasy, 1955. Very Good-
One of Cal Tjader's first Latin-tinged sessions for Fantasy Records – and a really wonderful batch of tracks recorded with a shifting array of very hip players! In addition to Cal's vibes, and expected Latin percussion – handled by Armando Peraza on congas and bongos – the set ... LP, Vinyl record album

⇑ Top