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A great Japanese-only collection of some of the hip soulful large group work that Quincy Jones cut for Mercury Records in the 60s – pressed up at 45rpm for added fidelity! Titles include "Moanin", "Whisper Not", "The Midnight Sun Will Never Set", "Under ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great 80s EmArcy two-fer from Q's Mercury years! The Birth Of A Band is a very swingin', very groovy early album from Quincy – one that's clearly in the big band mode, but handled with soulful touches that really set it apart from the genre! The band is a great one all the way through ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Quincy Jones' best for Mercury Records in the 60s – a very groovy record that was done with a feel that's somewhere in between his Big Band Bossa album and his best 60s soundtrack work! The format is simple – Quincy picks a sweet batch of jazz semi-hits from the early 60s, plays ... LP, Vinyl record album
Very groovy stuff from Quincy – a mix of jazz, soundtrack, and popular themes, all done in that soulful swinging style that Quincy virtually helped invent back in the 60s! The album's got plenty of great groovers that take a popular tune and kind of turn it on its ear – takes on tracks ... LP, Vinyl record album
Quincy turns his soul jazz arranging style to a band filled with West Coast players, and he gets them to groove a lot more than you'd expect! Players include Herb Geller, Art Pepper, Charlie Mariano, Bill Perkins, and Walter Benton. The tracks are short, with tight solo space, and most of them ... LP, Vinyl record album
This set's definitely full of Garnering – that lopingly rhythmic approach to the keys that set Erroll apart from all the rest back in the day – in a mode that almost sounds like he's making things up as he goes along, deciding which course to take at the very last moment. The album's ... LP, Vinyl record album
A well-done, Japanese-only collection of 78rpm material for the Keynote label recorded in the mid 40s – a few tracks each from groups that feature trumpeters in the lead! First up are a handful of tracks from a quintet with Charlie Shavers on trumpet, Tab Smith on alto, and Earl Hines on ... LP, Vinyl record album
A really unusual album from piano giant Erroll Garner – a jazz album at the core, but one that was also used as the soundtrack for an obscure Paul Newman film of the 60s! We always love Erroll Garner in a fuller setting – something that's not always easy to find on record – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Plenty of dancing here – romping rhythms that are a nice change for Georgie Auld, and which make for a perfect foil for his deeper sounds on the tenor! The record's got a bit of Mercury Records rock in the mix – almost a Red Prysock approach at points, mixed with some of the sweeter ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the best albums that Al Cohn and Zoot Sims ever cut together – and that's saying a lot, given the strength of their collaborations during the 50s and 60s! The set's got a nice small group feeling, and is a bit more open and relaxed than some of their RCA material – still in the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Nice 2LP set that brings together some of his most striking sessions of the early 60s recorded for Emarcy. This set includes pieces composed and arranged by Lalo Schifrin played by a large ensemble led by Benny Carter – with Dizzy as the main soloist, and work by players that include James ... LP, Vinyl record album