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One of the greatest albums ever recorded by Lee Konitz – a sublime 50s treasure we've loved for years! The session's the most perfect realization of the compacted angular cool style that he was reaching for in the 50s – and each note is crafted with a precision and intensity that you'll ... LP, Vinyl record album
A set with the date of 1956 very firmly planted in the title – but one that's also gone onto become a timeless ensemble session from Verve Records! The feel here is almost in jam session mode, but perhaps a bit tighter – a group of all-star players from the mid-50s, with Lester Young ... LP, Vinyl record album
A collection of great Verve material – with cuts that include "Tid Bits", "Kansas City Wrinkles", "South Of The Border", "Happy House", "Shanhaied", "Nasty Magnus", and "Michelle". LP, Vinyl record album
A great burner from Diz – and one that features a large group, long tracks, and some stellar early work from Lalo Schifrin! Schifrin was in Diz's group at the time, playing piano and contributing fantastic Latin-tinged arrangements that gave the band a whole new life. Other players on this ... LP, Vinyl record album
A very groovy album that has Milt playing jazzy vibes with a tight string quartet that does more than just back him up – they sort of solo and provide some rhythm, too, and give the whole album a very very cool sound. The rest of the lineup's great, too, because James Moody is all over the ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Illinois Jacquet's all-time classics – and a great little album that features Count Basie grooving away on organ! The session was cut during the early 50s, and it features small groups of hard swinging players that include Cecil Payne, Matthew Gee, Ray Brown, and Hank Jones, who also ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest 60s recordings from the Wyton Kelly Trio – thanks to some wonderful guest work from guitarist Wes Montgomery! Montgomery's working here in a gusty, rootsy style that recalls his best soul jazz sides from the earlier years – and which have a feel that's quite ... LP, Vinyl record album
You know, there's almost a rule for Verve sessions led by drummers – and that's that they're as good for the horn players as they are for the drummers! This album's a great illustration of that fact – as Bellson's working here in a stripped-down quartet that gives ample space to Harry ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great little album of jazzy tracks from multi-talented reedman Jerome Richardson! The album's got a sort of jazzy meets Now Sound sound – sort of like the Benny Golson or Cal Tjader albums on Verve from the time, and it's a great one if you dig that sort of thing. The tracks are mostly ... LP, Vinyl record album
Truly the best of the best of Coltrane's years at Impulse – as the collection has a strong focus on the longer, more spiritual numbers that he was free to develop while working for the forward-thinking company. The set's stuffed with great numbers – and includes classics like "Afri ... LP, Vinyl record album
A key album in the career of Richard Groove Holmes – his first session ever for Prestige Records, and the one that yielded the monster crossover hit version of "Misty"! The sound here is much leaner and cleaner than Groove in his Pacific Jazz years – a tight trio approach ... LP, Vinyl record album