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Claire AustinClaire Austin Sings When Your Lover Has Gone ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Very Good- ... $24.99
Claire's the wife of drummer Chuck Austin, and as far as we know, this classic set of west coast vocal jazz is the only album she ever cut. The set features spare backing by a quintet – with Barney Kessel, Stan Wrightsman, Shelly Manne, Morty Corb, and Bob Scobey – and the overall ... (Vocalists) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine, some wear and aging, and small marks from sticker removal on front.)

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George CablesCircle ... LP
Contemporary, 1979. Near Mint- ... $11.99
Lovely work from George Cables – one of the strongest piano stars to emerge from the west coast scene of the 70s, and one of the most soulful too! The album features a core trio of Cables on acoustic piano, plus Rufus Reid on bass and Eddie Gladden on drums – and they're joined on 2 ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Fantasy pressing. Cover has light wear and a promo stamp.)

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George CablesPhantom Of The City ... LP
Contemporary, 1985. Very Good+ ... $13.99
With John Heard on bass and Tony Williams on drums – on titles that include "Phantom Of The City", "But He Knows", "Dark Side/Light Side", and "Blue Nights". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear with a spot from sticker removal.)

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✨✧ Benny CarterSwingin' The 20s ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Benny Carter swings material from the 20s – but the results are a lot better than you might expect! We'll be honest in saying that the cover and theme of this one always made us figure the record was some sort of "old timey" affair – but Benny's surprisingly cool on the ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label pressing.)

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✨✧ Benny CarterSwingin' The 20s (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
Benny Carter swings material from the 20s – but the results are a lot better than you might expect! We'll be honest in saying that the cover and theme of this one always made us figure the record was some sort of "old timey" affair – but Benny's surprisingly cool on the ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, 1999 pressing with 20bit mastering. Includes obi)

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✨✧ Buddy ColletteNice Day With Buddy Collette ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Buddy Collette shows off his full range of reed skills here – blowing tenor, alto, flute, and clarinet – in varying lineups that include piano from Don Friedman and Clavin Jackson, drums from Shelly Manne, and bass from John Goodman and Leroy Vinnegar! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Original yellow label mono pressing, with deep groove. Cover has some light aging, but is nice overall.)

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Art FarmerBlame It On My Youth ... CD
Contemporary, 1988. Used ... $4.99
A great group – with Clifford Jordan on tenor and soprano sax, plus James Williams on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Victor Lewis on drums. (Jazz) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art FarmerSomething To Live For ... LP
Contemporary, 1987. Near Mint- ... $19.99
An unexpected treasure – like so many of Art Farmer's later albums! The record is ostensibly a tribute to the music of Billy Strayhorn – which might make us expect some soporific Ellington cliches – but the session's really just a small group one, played by Art with a quintet ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a small sticker, and is bent a bit at the spine.)

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✨✧ Victor FeldmanSuite Sixteen – The Music Of Victor Feldman ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A US album, but with work by Brit jazz greats like Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott on tenor, Dizzy Reece on trumpet, and Phil Seamen on drums! (Jazz) CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Chico FreemanDestiny's Dance ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1981. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Dennis Moorman on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, and Ronnie Burrage on drums! (Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Chico FreemanFocus ... CD
Contemporary, 1995. Used ... Out Of Stock
Features Chico Freeman on tenor, Arthur Blythe on alto, George Cables on piano, Santi Debriano on bass, and Yoron Israel on drums! (Jazz) CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case.)

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Terry Gibbs & Buddy DeFrancoAirmail Special ... LP
Contemporary, 1981. Near Mint- ... $3.99
With Frank Collett on piano, Andy Simpkins on bass, and Jimmie Smith on drums. (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo stamp.)

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Hampton HawesI'm All Smiles ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1966. Used ... $9.99
Beautiful 60s work from Hampton Hawes – a set from the middle of the decade, a period when he wasn't recorded all that often – but one not issued by Contemporary until his American revival in the 70s! The group's got a wickedly fluid feel – not just Hamp's always-amazing piano, ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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Hampton HawesThis Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD
Contemporary, 1956. Used ... $6.99
The darkly brooding image of Hampton Hawes on the front cover of this one is a real standout in the mostly-sweet cover lineup of the Contemporary label – but it's also a great indication of the sound of the record, which is something different than most of its contemporaries! Hawes is ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Hampton HawesThis Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1956. Used ... Out Of Stock
The darkly brooding image of Hampton Hawes on the front cover of this one is a real standout in the mostly-sweet cover lineup of the Contemporary label – but it's also a great indication of the sound of the record, which is something different than most of its contemporaries! Hawes is ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, 80's Japanese pressing.)
Also available This Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD 6.99

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Helen HumesSongs I Like To Sing! ... LP
Contemporary, 1964. Very Good+ ... $8.99
Arranged by Marty Paich – with cuts that include "I Want A Roof Over My Head", "If I Could Be With You", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "My Old Flame", and "Imagination". (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. In shrinkwrap with original OJC info sticker along the left side.)

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✨✧ Helen HumesSongs I Like To Sing! ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1964. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Arranged by Marty Paich – with cuts that include "I Want A Roof Over My Head", "If I Could Be With You", "You're Driving Me Crazy", "My Old Flame", and "Imagination". (Vocalists) CD
(CONDITION NOTE: tray card is missing one spine, has some clear tape on one side, and rip that's only visible if you lift up the inner tray.)
Also available Songs I Like To Sing! ... LP 8.99

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Barney KesselBarney Kessel Plays Carmen ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... $9.99
An odd choice for material, but a surprisingly nice record – and just the kind of session needed to break Barney Kessel out of some of his too-familiar trio modes of the 50s! The record here features jazz takes on tunes from the opera Carmen – in case you didn't figure that out from ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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Barney KesselWorkin' Out ... LP
Contemporary, 1961. Very Good- ... $7.99
Much more interesting than some of Barney's earlier records – possibly because he's working with a hip, flexible combo – one that includes Marv Jenkins on piano and flute, Jerry Good on bass, and Stan Popper on drums. The tracks are a mix of groovers and mellow numbers – with ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pre-OJC stereo pressing. Cover has a split top seam, heavy wear at the spine, and some discoloration from age around the edges.)

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✨✧ Lighthouse All Stars/Barney Kessel/Hampton HawesLighthouse At Laguna ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An unusual Lighthouse All Stars album – in that it features 3 different sets of artists in the spotlight – but a unified record nonetheless, as all the work was recorded on the same evening! The core Lighthouse group dominates on most numbers – and features bassist Howard Rumsey ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(UK Contemporary/Vogue pressing in a flip-back cover! Back cover has a bit of gloss peel on the opening.)

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Shelly ManneMy Fair Lady (Contemporary) ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Very Good ... $9.99
A key early entry in the "jazz meets Broadway" genre – and a record that was so successful, it went onto inspire countless imitations! Shelly Manne's working here in a lightly playful trio setting – alongside Andre Previn on piano and Leroy Vinnegar on bass, in a reading of ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Shelly MannePeter Gunn ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful version of the famous Henry Mancini score – arguably better than the original soundtrack for the TV show! Shelly Manne leads a small group of west coasters that includes Victor Feldman on vibes, Conte Candoli on trumpet, and Russ Freeman on piano – plus Herb Geller on alto, ... (Jazz) read more CD
(NOTE: this copy is missing the rear tray card and is priced accordingly.)

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✨✧ Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Men Play Checkmate ... LP
Contemporary, 1961. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
After having a bit of a minor hit with a crime jazz album dedicated to the music of Peter Gunn, Shelly and combo turn towards a less-remembered TV cop show for more music in a similar vein. Checkmate was a short-lived show from the early 60s, but it had a great score by John Williams – one ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Original mono pressing – yellow label & deep groove. Cover has wear and splitting seams.)

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✨✧ Shelly ManneSwinging Sounds – Shelly Manne & His Men Vol 4 ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Charlie Mariano was one of the best things to ever happen to Shelly Manne – as the young altoist's icy talent was a perfect match for Manne's west coast cool, but his Boston soul really added a lot more emotional depth than had ever been previously recorded on some of Manne's sessions. This ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing, with red text on the front. Back cover has a promo stamp.)

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 2 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $6.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Shelly Manne & Jack MarshallSounds Unheard Of! ... LP
Contemporary, 1962. Very Good Gatefold ... $19.99
A very cool album that has Shelly Manne and Jack Marshall going nuts on a bunch of percussion, drums, and other odd instruments! Marshall mostly plays spare acoustic guitar, with some very nutty changes – and Manne proves that he's a very adept percussionist way past his usual west coast ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy black label stereo pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Frank MorganReflections ... CD
Contemporary, 1988. Used ... $11.99
Excellent later work from Frank Morgan – the legendary LA altoist who first burned brightly in the bop generation, then came back to make really rich recordings like this! The set's got Frank in some really great company – a hip sextet that features Joe Henderson on tenor, Bobby ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Frank MorganYardbird Suite ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1988. Used ... $9.99
One of Frank Morgan's great comeback records from later years – featuring the leader on alto, with Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums! (Jazz) CD

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✨✧ Frank Morgan & George CablesDouble Image ... LP
Contemporary, 1987. Very Good+ ... $6.99
Duo recording with Morgan on alto and Cables on piano. Includes "All The Things You Are", "Virgo", "Blues For Rosalinda", "Helen's Song", "Love Dance", "I Gold You So" (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a braille strip across the top on front.)

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✨✧ Frank Morgan & The McCoy Tyner TrioMajor Changes ... CD
Contemporary, 1987. Used ... $26.99
Features Frank Morgan on alto and McCoy Tyner on piano, with Avery Sharpe on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. Tracks include "How Deep Is The Ocean", "Emily", "Search For Peace", "Frank's Back", and "Theme From Love Story". (Jazz) CD
(Out of print.)

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Frank Morgan with Cedar WaltonEasy Living (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Contemporary/Victor (Japan), 1985. Used ... $14.99
A great date from the later revival years of altoist Frank Morgan – thanks to a warm performance from the Cedar Walton trio! One of the great things about late Morgan is the way in which he's able to really fit himself into different settings – still holding onto his soulful roots, but ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print. Tray card has a thin cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Phineas NewbornBack Home ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Previously unreleased material recorded by Phineas Newborn for Contemporary Records – a set that has him ringing out the notes in ways that are almost earthier than in earlier years – sometimes bluesy, but other times with almost a more traditional approach to the keys! There's a ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Phineas NewbornHarlem Blues ... CD
Contemporary, 1969. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A later issue of material recorded in the late 60s by Phineas for Contempoary – tunes from the sessions for the album Please Send Me Someone To Love, but which didn't make the cut at the time – and are here issued a decade after the original recordings! The group on the set features ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Lennie NiehausLennie Niehaus Vol 3 – The Octet No 2 ... CD
Contemporary, 1955. Used ... $9.99
Pretty incredible work from Lennie Niehaus – one of his seminal albums for Contemporary – nearly all of which were as poorly titled as this one, but equally worth checking out! This side has Lennie grooving on alto – blowing in a tighter, harder style than most west coasters ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperGettin' Together! ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Art Pepper's most classic sets for Contemporary – a record that puts him in the company of the Miles Davis rhythm section – Jimmy Cobb on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano – who make up 3/5 of a quintet that also includes trumpeter Conte Candoli! The ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing – still in shrink, with review sticker.)
Also available Gettin' Together! (with bonus tracks) ... CD 6.99

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Art PepperGettin' Together! (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $6.99
One of Art Pepper's most classic sets for Contemporary – a record that puts him in the company of the Miles Davis rhythm section – Jimmy Cobb on drums, Paul Chambers on bass, and Wynton Kelly on piano – who make up 3/5 of a quintet that also includes trumpeter Conte Candoli! The ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperSan Francisco Samba – Live At Keystone Korner ... CD
Contemporary, 1977. Used ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful late work from Art Pepper – and a set that definitely lives up to the samba promised in its name! The groove here is a bit more fluid than usual for Art at this time in his career – and that's saying a lot, given the open-ended style of his Galaxy and Contemporary work – ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & promotional stamp on CD.)

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✨✧ Andre Previn & His PalsGigi ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Andre Previn's got some very hip pals here – drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Red Mitchell – both frequent partners during the late 50s, especially on this classic run of jazz-Broadway records for Contemporary! The spirit here is very much like that of the famous My Fair Lady date made ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove.)

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Andre Previn & Russ FreemanDouble Play! ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... $8.99
A goofy title and cover – but a really unique session of two-piano jazz, recorded with Russ Freeman and Andre Previn on the keys, plus only the drums of Shelly Manne to provide additional support! The sound is really great – and Previn's especially wonderful here, really stretching out ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Andre Previn/Shelly Manne/Red MitchellWest Side Story ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This famous and well-recorded trio takes on the score for West Side Story – with Andre Previn on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums! (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has surface wear.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsContemporary Alternate Takes ... LP
Contemporary, 1957/1958. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great collection of alternate takes from Sonny's landmark recordings for Contemporary Records in the late 50s – material recorded in LA with an easier-swinging groove than some of his New York work, in a style that let Sonny blow in round, warm, and really open tones – almost ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – VIJ 28076)

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Sonny RollinsWay Out West ... LP
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 22.98
A classic set that brings the east coast tenor of Sonny Rollins into contact with a west coast rhythm section of Ray Brown and Shelly Manne! Despite Rollins' silly look on the cover, and the album's overall "western" theme, the session's a brilliant one – right up there with Sonny's ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Woody ShawBlackstone Legacy ... CD
Contemporary, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent double-length set – one of Woody Shaw's greatest albums, and a majestic batch of spiritual soul jazz numbers – recorded with an all-star lineup that includes Gary Bartz, Benny Maupin, George Cables, Ron Carter, and Lenny White. Shaw is in top form, and the set is tight, ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Woody ShawSong Of Songs ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A bold early statement from trumpeter Woody Shaw – a key album that showcases the genius that was blossoming in his best 70s work! The set features Woody working with a soulful group of west coast players from the LA scene – including Bennie Maupin, Ramon Morris, George Cables, Henry ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bill SmithFolk Jazz ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
One of the few sides ever cut as a leader by west coast clarinetist Bill Smith – and a pretty groovy session that has the group performing jazz versions of folk tunes, a gimmick that was used briefly around the same time by players that included Harold Land and Benny Bailey. The quartet ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label mono pressing with deep groove! Cover has surface wear.)

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✨✧ Bill Smith QuartetFolk Jazz ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few sides ever cut as a leader by west coast clarinetist Bill Smith – and a pretty groovy session that has the group performing jazz versions of folk tunes, a gimmick that was used briefly around the same time by players that included Harold Land and Benny Bailey. The quartet ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Helyne StewartLove Moods ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... Out Of Stock
The only album we've ever seen from singer Helyne Stewart – a great west coast set from the start of the 60s, done with a nice dose of soul in the mix! Stewart's got a really lovely voice – a lot more class and poise than you might expect from the slightly gospel-oriented image on the ... (Vocalists) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gerald WigginsRelax & Enjoy It – Jazz Piano Moods By Gerry Wiggins ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Relax, but not in a sleepy sort of way – because Gerald Wiggins really hits a great little groove on this record – one that bounces along with a soulful undercurrent that keeps things fresh, and still lets him soar on the keys when he wants to! Rhythm is by the team of Joe Comfort on ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print.)
 
 



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