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Early guitar from Charlie Byrd – a lot more jazz than some of his later records! The group's a quartet – with Tom Newsom on flute and tenor, Al Lucas on bass, and Bobby Donaldson on drums. LP, Vinyl record album
Byrdland features Charlie in small group settings – grooving with sax by Teo Macero, trumpet by Hal Posey, and bass by Joe Byrd. The tracks are a mix of bossa tunes and pop numbers – including "Meditation", "Samba De Orpheus", "Arabesque", "Work ... LP, Vinyl record album
Charlie Byrd gets some top-shelf treatment here – in a wonderful album of tunes by Antonio Carlos Jobim, all recorded with full backing arrangements, and sound quality that's a lot better than some of Byrd's previous albums! The setting has Charlie's acoustic guitar right up front in the mix ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bossa madness – and a really hard to find pressing of this album! Cannonball Adderley recorded this nice little groover in 1962, when American musicans were just getting on the bossa tip, and still keeping things pretty authentic. The record was cut in New York with Sergio Mendes' early ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of many repackagings of Bill Evans sessions Riverside would make throughout the years. The first side features numbers where Evans' trio is augmented with Cannonball Adderly on 'Waltz For Debby" and "Know What I Mean" and by Freddie Hubbard and Jim Hall on "Interplay". ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue in the main style of his early years at Riverside – working in an all-star group (the "Big 6" in the title), with players that include Johnny Griffin, Curtis Fuller, Wynton Kelly, Wilbur Ware, and Philly Joe Jones. Blue's leadership isn't that strong – but fortunately, ... LP, Vinyl record album
A sweet larger group session from vibist Milt Jackson – proof that he was really trying to stretch his wings, and get into new things during the 60s! The set's got Milt working with some great help from Tadd Dameron and Ernie Wilkins on larger group arrangements – nicely swinging ... LP, Vinyl record album
2 great trio sides by Thelonious, collected for reissue by Milestone. The Unique Thelonious Monk's billed as "very personal treatments of great standards" – and it's a great twist on familiar material, all given the Thelonius touch! There's less of Monk's creative composition and ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic solo piano album from Thelonious Monk – recorded live in San Francisco, and maybe one of his best albums ever in the format! There's a special sort of quality that makes Monk's solo work so different from his trio, quartet, and larger group music – this real understanding of ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest Cannonball Adderley albums from the Riverside years – a completely smoking live date recorded in San Francisco, often with long tracks that really let the group open up and do their thing! The lineup here is that classic one that first grabbed attention – the group ... LP, Vinyl record album
A slightly different record than usual for Blue – not as down-n-dirty and funky, but more "smooth as the wind" – with Blue blowing solos over larger arrangements by Tadd Dameron and Benny Golson, a small string group mixed with jazz and horn backings. Given the hipness of the ... LP, Vinyl record album