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One or two small marks that would make an otherwise near perfect record slightly less so.
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the light, and will only show up when looking straight at the record.
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Possible minor surface noise when played.
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The Natural Seven is Al's septet that features Joe Newman, Frank Rehack, Freddie Green, Milt Hinton, Nat Pierce, and Osie Johnson. The group grooves in the usual tightly arranged Cohn style, with lots of ensemble playing, and some short clipped solos. Titles include "The Natural Thing To ... LP, Vinyl record album
Crackling live energy from Buddy Rich – recorded at Ronnie Scott's nightclub in London, and with a sound that recalls some of Buddy's best from the 60s! The group is plenty great – and the attraction here goes way beyond just Buddy's famous work as a leader. As with other Rich albums ... LP, Vinyl record album
No panic here – just tightly-crafted jazz, and one of the better RCA small combo sessions of the 50's! Trumpeter Nick Travis leads the group in that well-honed style that RCA was carving at the time – work that was as arranged as much of the recordings coming out of the west coast, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Later work from swing sax giant Charlie Barnet. While this theme seems rather un-PC these days, the style here is even more sophisticated than before – as the Barnet groove is updated with some nice 50s arrangements from Billy May. Includes Barnet's famous playing of "Cherokee", ... LP, Vinyl record album
Five (Shorty Rogers, Pete Jolly, Mel Lewis, Conte Candoli & Buddy Clark)
The Five was a nom-du-session for this west coast group featuring tenorist Bill Perkins, trumpeter Conte Candoli, and pianist Pete Jolly – over a set of arrangements and compositions by Shorty Rogers. Rogers was always one of the best of the west coast arrangers, and this set shows his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Groundbreaking work on vibes by Gary Burton – recorded in a setting that's live and open, yet quite groovy too! There's a rhythmic freeness that marks the set from the very first note – lessons learned from the generation of Ornette, yet taken in new direction – and definitely ... LP, Vinyl record album
Weird RCA promo designed to break the amazing talents of David Amram upon the unsuspecting world. Hard to imagine that any radio stations would actually program this "special", but the record does include some of Amram's nicer stuff for RCA, with a mix of funky tracks, and others with a ... LP, Vinyl record album
A landmark album from Sonny Rollins – one that marked his comeback in the early 60s, after a brief period of retirement, and which also initiated a string of incredible recordings with guitarist Jim Hall. Given Hall's gentleness and spare modernity on the guitar, a fan of Rollins' hard-blowin ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great live set recorded in 1962 with some of Cal's best players in the group – pianist Lonnie Hewitt and drummer John Rae, joined by bassist Freddie Schreiber. The groove's a bit less Latin than usual, but the jazz vibe is very strong – and Tjader really shines with the local crowd ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic Blue Note meeting of two of the label's top talents in the early 60s – Hammond hero Jimmy Smith, and the up-and-rising Stanley Turrentine on tenor! Turrentine's simply great at this point – playing with a raspy edge on the bottom of his tone, sounding dark and mysterious ... LP, Vinyl record album