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One of the most unusual Roland Kirk albums of the 60s – his only session for Verve, and a record cut with a slightly different feel than some of his work for Mercury or Atlantic! The core group's an unusual one – a quartet that features a young Lonnie Smith on piano, plus Ronnie ... LP, Vinyl record album
Our favorite album ever from Roland Kirk – and a beautiful mix of two different sides of his genius! Side one's got Roland doing these crazy takes on late 60's pop cuts like "My Cherie Amour" and "Say a Little Prayer", plus his own "songs", done with soulful ... LP, Vinyl record album
Excellent early work from Roland Kirk – not as groundbreaking as later sessions, but still filled with fire and imagination, and proof that the famous blind player was a genius even at an early age! Kirk plays alto, tenor, and soprano – and on all tracks, he plays them in his unique ... LP, Vinyl record album
A real stormer – and one of Kirk's best records! Half the album is quartet material, recorded by a group that includes Harold Mabern on piano and Sonny Brown on drums. The other half of the record's equally good – and features a large group with a rhythm group that includes Mabern, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Quite possibly the best of Cleveland's albums for Mercury during the 50s – a tight hardbop set of tracks recorded with a septet that includes Art Farmer on trumpet, Benny Golson on tenor, Wynton Kelly on piano, and Charlie Persip on drums. Tracks are more open-ended than on some of Cleveland' ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great little album from Max Roach – one that has him finding a whole new voice in jazz! The set was recorded on the heels of Max's time with Clifford Brown – and it's a great little album that has him bouncing back nicely from the loss by moving into a new realm that shows off his ... LP, Vinyl record album
A key American album from trumpeter Rolf Ericson – a player with roots in the Swedish scene, but one who also made some big waves on the west coast during the 50s! Although Rolf was living in the US at the time of the date, the set was actually recorded in Sweden, on a tour of that nation ... LP, Vinyl record album
A great group of Woody Herman alums – with Chubby Jackson on bass, Bill Harris on trombone, Tony Aless and Ralph Burns on piano, Shelly Manne on drums, Flip Phillips on tenor, Billy Bauer on guitar, and both Conte Candoli and Howard McGhee on trumpets! LP, Vinyl record album
Lennie swings, but he keeps it cool too – as this rare Mercury set steps off of the same octet energy Niehaus brought to his better-known sides for Contemporary in the mid 50s! The players here are a bit lesser known than some of Niehaus' other all-star groups – with Ken Shroyer on ... LP, Vinyl record album
A wonderful collection of work by some of the best alto sax talents in the non-Charlie Parker world of jazz at the end of the 40s – including a few that are sadly under-represented on their own albums as leaders! The session features some great work from the 78rpm era – collected onto ... LP, Vinyl record album
Second volume pulled together in the early 80s of Brownie's remarkable work with a smoking quintet that would record some of the finest bop sides issued on the Emarcy label. He's working here with Max Roach, George Morrow and Richie Powell and either Sonny Rollins or Harold Land as Brown's foil in ... LP, Vinyl record album