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Rare Roost sides from Billy Taylor – recorded with a unique combo that features Charles Mingus on bass and Marquis Foster on drums! Mingus' bass tones are extremely pronounced in the set – bolder and more aggressive than we're used to hearing with Taylor at the time – and Taylor ... LP, Vinyl record album
A flurry of fantastic recordings from the legendary Billy Taylor – material the pianist recorded for Prestige Records in the early 50s – at a time when he was really helping to transform the sound of the piano in jazz! These sides have Taylor showing that a small combo piano date can ... LP, Vinyl record album
A collection of earlier sides that Young recorded for Savoy, released after his death, and featuring various small groups that include such players as Freddie Greene, Count Basie, Junior Mance, Roy Haynes, Billy Taylor, and Cozy Cole. Tracks include "Blues N Bells", "Ghost Of A ... LP, Vinyl record album
70s issue of material that originally came out on two different Savoy albums in the late 50s, one of which was the Jazz Message Of Hank Mobley. Excellent early hard bop material from Mobley – in a style that's similar to his early Blue Note work, but with a bit less polish. Not that that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little 50s session from Hawk – recorded for the World Wide subsidary of Savoy, in a great style that has plenty of room for solo space! Tracks are long, and arranged by Billy Ver Plank – with a moody small combo mode that lets Hawkins get in plenty of those edgey bits in his ... LP, Vinyl record album
Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Illinois Jacquet, et
Great material from the 78rpm years of Savoy Records – early singles by Coleman Hawkins, Ben Webster, Illinois Jacquet, Ike Quebec, and John Hardee – sides that nicely skirt the worlds of bop and swing! LP, Vinyl record album
A great album of some of Yusef Lateef's fantastic material recorded for the Savoy label, featuring the great multi-reed player amidst a tight quintet of Detroit players like Terry Pollard on piano, Bernard McKinney on euphonium, Bill Austin on bass, and Frank Gant on drums. This LP collects ... LP, Vinyl record album
A classic Savoy side that brings together bop sessions recorded earlier in the label's life – done by different groupings that feature some of the best players of the early bebop years. Sonny Stitt, Kenny Dorham, and Bud Powell are part of a group that play "Ray's Idea", "Fool' ... LP, Vinyl record album
One of the few albums ever cut by jazz guitarist Chuck Wayne – and one of the better ones, too, as it's got him working with a larger than usual group, breaking out of the trio format that he used on many recordings. The bulk of the record is with a combo that features Harvey Leonard piano, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lee Allen, Big Jay McNeely, Hal Singer, Sam Taylor
The cover says "roots of rock n roll" – but the set features some killer tenor work from Savoy Records – late 40s sides by Paul Williams, Hal Singer, and Big Jay McNeely – a 1954 date by Lee Allen – and obscure 1961 recordings by the great Sam Taylor! LP, Vinyl record album
An excellent collection of overlooked tenor players from the late 40s and early 50s – put together from rare Savoy 78s and 10" sessions – with excellent notes, too! Features a full side each of work by Brew Moore, Allen Eager, and Phil Urso – plus tracks by Teddy Reig and ... LP, Vinyl record album
No panic here – just tightly-crafted jazz, and one of the better RCA small combo sessions of the 50's! Trumpeter Nick Travis leads the group in that well-honed style that RCA was carving at the time – work that was as arranged as much of the recordings coming out of the west coast, but ... LP, Vinyl record album