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May have a number of marks (5 to 10 at most), and obvious signs of play,
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May not look near perfect, but should play fairly well,
with slight surface noise, and the occasional click in part of a song,
but never throughout a whole song or more.
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Not much of a cover and title, but a great lost slice of Verve from the early 60s – with Hodges on alto, and Lalo Schifrin on piano and Barry Galbraith on guitar – a pretty groovy group! LP, Vinyl record album
OK, so the title's a bit misleading – as Hodges never used to be "Duke", just played with him – but the record's a great one – really sharp set of standards from the mid 50s, played with a tightly moving focus! The small group settings includes Ellingtonians, plus the ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of Hodges' best albums for Verve from the 60s – recorded with a great small combo that includes Grant Green on guitar, Grady Tate on drums, and Wild Bill Davis on organ. The sound's a lot hipper than you'd expect – with less of the corny organ work by Davis that can ruin a session ... LP, Vinyl record album
An overlooked gem from Johnny Hodges – a 60s session that hearkens back to the "with strings" Verve mode of the 50s – but one that also updates the approach strongly, thanks to some well crafted arrangements by Oliver Nelson! Nelson's work in the jazz backings for soloist ... LP, Vinyl record album
A slightly different album than usual for Lee Konitz in the 50s – one that's got a bit harder edge, and which has Lee working in a group with a trumpet! The set's performed by a quintet that includes Konitz usual suspects Sal Mosca on piano and Peter Ind on bass, along with Shadow Wilson on ... LP, Vinyl record album
Mad respect for Jimmy Smith – a cool small group record that's different than some of his bigger-concept, larger arrangement records for Verve! The groove here is tight and right on the money – and the tracks are a bit longer than other Verve sessions too – as the master really ... LP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great funk album from Jimmy – and very different than his other jazz work at the time! The record was produced and arranged by soulster Larry Williams, and most tracks have these raspy vocals that we're not sure are Larry's or Jimmy's. But whatever the case, the sound is great ... LP, Vinyl record album
Great small combo work from these two pre-bop jazz giants – a quintet with Roy Eldridge on trumpet, Benny Carter on alto, Bruce MacDonald on piano, John Simmons on bass, and Alvin Stoller on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
An nice lost session by modernist George Russell – recorded in New York in 1960, with one of his more obscure groups of the time. The set was originally recorded for the Decca label, as one of Russell's few LPs for the imprint – and like the others, it's got a fresh, unacademic tone ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic 50s collection of Verve material by Charlie Parker – and one of those records that will definitely help you understand his genius right from the start! The lineup here is slightly large – wonderful arrangements by Joe Lipman that are a bit orchestral, with strings as well ... LP, Vinyl record album
A nice, nice compilation of sides cut by Powell for Norman Granz, from 1949 to 1951. Given Powell's well documented bouts with instability and alcoholism, there are several periods that lasted for months and sometimes years when he would go unrecorded. The first dates on this set come at the end ... LP, Vinyl record album