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✨✧ Albert AylerSpirits Rejoice ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1965. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A seminal Albert Ayler session from the 60s – recorded at the legendary Judson Hall with an incredible sound! There's a bold, righteous feel to this record that possibly even tops other Ayler classics for ESP – and the spacious setting makes the notes echo, rebound, and come back ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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Gato BarbieriIn Search Of The Mystery ... LP
ESP, 1967. Very Good+ ... $39.99
One of the first albums ever cut as a leader by reedman Gato Barbieri – and a very sharp-edged session that's quite different than his better-known work in the 70s! Barbieri's tenor here has an incredible tone – as deeply soulful as Pharoah Sanders or late John Coltrane, and blown with ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & white label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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Paul BleyCloser ... CD
ESP (Germany), 1966. Used ... $9.99 11.99
Possibly the first true moment of genius from Paul Bley – a key indie standout after a few years working for bigger American labels! By the time of this early ESP album, Paul Bley was no stranger to the American scene – having recorded a few records for different labels in the 50s, and ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, ZYX pressing.)

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Ronnie BoykinsWill Come Is Now (aka Ronnie Boykins) (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ESP, 1975. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 26.99
A rare non-Sun Ra session from bassist Ronnie Boykins! Boykins was one of Ra's most long-term players – a key part of the Arkestra for many years – but on this album, he hits a totally different sound –and one that's somewhat spiritual as well! The group's got a great sax-heavy ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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✨✧ Marion BrownWhy Not? (German pressing) ... CD
ESP/ZYX, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant early work by Marion Brown – both soulful and adventurous, less "out" than some of the other ESP albums from the time – and more in the post-Coltrane spirit of work by Pharoah Sanders and some of the Strata East crowd. The group on the album is a quartet – ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print German pressing.)

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Ornette ColemanTown Hall 1962 ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1962. Used ... $14.99
A really unique chapter in the career of Ornette Coleman – an album that he produced by himself in 1962, away from any other label – as an effort to showcase the newly freer sounds of his music! The recording's the first in a really groundbreaking stretch for the 60s – and it was ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Tray card has a cutout notch.)
Also available Town Hall 1962 (photo cover) ... LP 24.99

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Ornette ColemanTown Hall 1962 ... LP
ESP, 1962. Very Good+ ... $33.99 39.99
A really unique chapter in the career of Ornette Coleman – an album that he produced by himself in 1962, away from any other label – as an effort to showcase the newly freer sounds of his music! The recording's the first in a really groundbreaking stretch for the 60s – and it was ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(White label stereo 5th Avenue pressing in a glossy Riverside Drive cover. Cover has a tiny stained spot in back at the bottom right corner, looks great otherwise!)

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Ornette ColemanTown Hall 1962 (photo cover) ... LP
ESP, 1962. Near Mint- ... $24.99 29.99
A really unique chapter in the career of Ornette Coleman – an album that he produced by himself in 1962, away from any other label – as an effort to showcase the newly freer sounds of his music! The recording's the first in a really groundbreaking stretch for the 60s – and it was ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label 70s pressing.)
Also available Town Hall 1962 ... CD 14.99

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✨✧ Free Music QuintetFree Music 1 & 2 ... LP
ESP, 1968. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
An unusual album for the ESP label – work by a Dutch group, not the label's usual New York avant scene – and a combo who really play with the free music promised in their name! The album features two side-long improvised tracks – really building up with raw energy, and almost ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Henry Grimes TrioCall (180 gram pressing) ... LP
ESP, 1966. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
One of the few albums as a leader from bassist Henry Grimes – a hell of a great player who'd made his name working with Sonny Rollins, but who steps out here into much freer territory! The group features Grimes at the helm on bass, but also features killer contributions from Perry Robinson ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 500!)

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Gulfh Of BerlinGulfh Of Berlin ... CD
ESP, 2021. Used ... $8.99
Gulfh Of Berlin is Gerhard Gschlossl on trombone and Sousaphone, Gebhard Ullman on tenor sax and bass clarinet, Jan Leipnitz on drums, Johannes Fink on bass and cello, and Michael Haves on electronics. (Jazz) CD

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Billie HolidayBroadcast Performances Vol 1 ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $1.99
A great set of "lost" radio performances, originally released by ESP in the early-70s. Personnel vary across 12 tracks that include "Lover Man", "Keeps On A' Rainin", "He's Funny That Way", and "All Of Me". (Vocalists) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Billie HolidayBroadcast Performances Vol 3 – 1956 to 1958 ... LP
ESP, Mid 50s. Sealed ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great late life material, hiding out under an unusual cover image – with work from Lester Young and Ben Webster on saxes, Gerry Mulligan on baritone, and Mal Waldron on piano! (Vocalists) LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed 70s pressing.)

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Holy Modal RoundersHoly Modal Rounders – Live In 1965 ... CD
ESP/Don Giovanni, 1965. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Some of the earliest music ever from The Holy Modal Rounders – a rare live performance from 1965, recorded at the Chess Mate nightclub in Detroit, and featuring only the duo of Peter Stampfel and Steve Weber! The music here is a bit more folksy and a bit less trippy than some of the Rounders' ... (Rock) read more CD

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Bill HorwitzLies, Lies, Lies ... LP
ESP, 1975. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $2.99
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(Shrinkwrap has a few small tears.)

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Jones Jones (Larry Ochs/Mark Dresser/Vladimir Tarasov)Just Justice ... CD
ESP, 2022. New Copy ... $12.99 14.99
A really freewheeling trio of improvisers who seem to have an intuitive understanding of each others' best abilities – a group that features Larry Ochs on tenor and sopranino saxes, Vladimir Tarasov on drums and percussion, and Mark Dresser on three different acoustic basses – all with ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Sunny MurraySunny Murray (ESP) ... LP
ESP, 1966. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest albums on ESP – and a darkly-tinged document that points strongly towards the future of jazz at the end of the 60s! The album's one of the most focused of the early ESP years – and it features drummer Sunny Murray stepping out strongly as a leader – working ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Early stereo pressing – white label with black text, both label and cover have 5th Ave address. Cover has some light wear, but this is a nice clean copy.)

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New York Art QuartetNew York Art Quartet ... CD
ESP (Germany), 1965. Used ... $14.99
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist ... (Jazz) read more CD
(Out of print, ZYX pressing.)

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William Parker & Patricia NicholsonNo Joke ... CD
ESP, 2021. Used ... $6.99 9.99
A record that's as political as you might expect from its title, and a great collaboration between bassist William Parker and spoken word artist Patricia Nicholson! Make no mistake, the set's a jazz record first, with Nicholson's words added in over the top – as the rest of the group ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Pearls Before SwineBalaklava (LP sleeve edition) ... CD
ESP/Get Back (Italy), 1968. Used ... $16.99
The second album by Tom Rapp's legendary group Pearls Before Swine – and a haunting batch of tracks that is far and away one of our favorite rock albums of the 60s! The style of the music is incredible – a dark blend of rock and folk, with slight avant influences, in a style that's ... (Rock) read more CD
(Out of print.)

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Ivo Perelman& Matthew ShippFruition ... CD
ESP, New Copy ... $12.99 14.99 About October 14, 2022
(Jazz) CD

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Bud PowellBirdland 1953 (3CD set) ... CD
ESP, 1953. Used 3 CDs ... $19.99 24.99
A comprehensive set of live recordings by Bud Powell – recorded in that magical year of 1953, on location at the Birdland nightclub! This set's the biggest and best we've ever seen of these performances – and not only includes a wealth of trio tracks, but also some cuts with Charlie ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Bud PowellBud Powell 1953 – Autumn Sessions – Broadcast Performances ... LP
ESP/Nippon (Japan), 1953. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Live material recorded for radio in September of 1953 – with titles that include classic Bud Powell compositions "Dance Of The Infidels", "Parisian Thoroughfare", "Glass Enclosure", and "Un Poco Loco". (Jazz) LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi.)

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Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 1 (yellow cover) ... LP
ESP, 1965. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
A seminal set from Sun Ra – even if it's one of his few 60s albums not on the Saturn label! The set was done for ESP during the glory days of that avant powerhouse – a perfect match, given the Arkestra's relocation to New York, and the label's ability to reach out to big new audiences ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Italian Base pressing – still sealed!)

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✨✧ Sun RaHeliocentric Worlds Of Sun Ra Vol 2 ... LP
ESP, 1966. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
The second set of Heliocentric tracks that Ra recorded for ESP, with a freer feel, and a little bit more crazy playing than the first one. Ra and the group play a lot of percussion, and reed duties are held by Robert Cummings, John Gilmore, Pat Patrick, and Marshall Allen. Ra plays tuned bongoes ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(White label pressing with black text and 5th Ave address. Cover has a bit of splitting on the top seam, but is nice overall.)

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Sun RaNothing Is ... LP
ESP, 1966. Very Good+ ... $89.99
One of the best non-Saturn Sun Ra albums of the 60s – material recorded live on a tour of New York colleges in 1966, and very much in a spirit that captures the Arkestra at their best! Longer tracks are juxtaposed nicely with shorter ones – in a way that has the group running very ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo ESP pressing with negative portrait labels and DBH etch. Vinyl is great – cover has a light stain near the bottom, more visible on back than front. Front looks nice.)

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Matthew ShippWorld Construct ... CD
ESP, 2022. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A set that seems to have pianist Matthew Shipp in his most resonant mode – maybe using more lower-end sounds than we've heard on some of his recent albums – almost ruminative at points, as he works here in a well-matched trio with Michael Bisio on bass and Newman Taylor Baker on drums! ... (Jazz) read more CD

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✨✧ Sonny SimmonsStaying On The Watch ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1966. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brilliant work – and one of the rare few albums to feature the genius alto of Sonny Simmons from the 60s! The session has the fierceness of other ESP sessions from the time, but it's also tempered with a bit of spiritualism, too – somewhat more introspective in the heavy moments than ... (Jazz) read more CD
(German ZYX pressing.)

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Alan SondheimRitual All 7-70 ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1967. Used ... $9.99
One of the weirdest records on the ESP label from the 60s – and that's saying a lot, given the oddness of the legendary label! The set's essentially a free jazz one, but it's also got some unusual instrumentation too – assorted guitars, koto, clarinet, xylophone, and lots of odd ... (Jazz) read more CD

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Alan SondheimT'Other Little Tune ... CD
ESP/ZYX (Germany), 1968. Used ... $14.99
Alan Sondheim's second album for ESP – even more obscure and offbeat than the first! Lots of electronics here – including some nice moog – plus prepared piano, Hawaiian guitar, marimba, melodeon, tabla, and other unusual instrumentation! (Jazz) CD
(Out of print, German pressing.)

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Frank WrightYour Prayer ... LP
ESP, 1967. New Copy ... $22.99 24.99 About October 14, 2022
Frank Wright's second album for ESP, and a bit more of a group effort than his first – recorded with an expanded lineup that points the way towards some of the French scene on BYG a few years later – with Jacques Coursil on trumpet, Arthur Jones on alto, Steve Tintweiss on bass, and ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Frank Wright TrioFrank Wright Trio ... LP
ESP, 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 24.99 About October 14, 2022
A freewheeling workout in the classic ESP mode. Wright's hard tenor is set against the bass of Henry Grimes and the drums of Tom Price. (In a way, this is like Grimes' ESP record, with Wright in the place of Perry Robinson.) Three long tracks, with lots of room for Wright to wail. Tracks ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album

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Lester YoungNewly Discovered Performances Vol 1 ... LP
ESP, 1948/1974. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Mid 70s issue of some rare sides by Lester Young – recorded as live broadcasts from the Royal Roost in 1948. The group on the set features Ted Kelly on trombone, Freddie Jefferson on piano, Roy Haynes on drums, and Jessie Drakes on trumpet, and you can hear a bit of Symphony Sid introducing ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has bumped corners and is bent a bit at the bottom right corner, with a small split in the bottom seam.)

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✨✧ James ZitroZitro ... LP
ESP, 1967. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the only albums we've ever seen from drummer James Zitro – a player who'd worked as a percussionist for one of the Sonny Simmons' albums on ESP Records, then was invited to cut his own date for the label! There's a really groundbreaking sound here – an approach to percussion ... (Jazz) read more LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy original pressing – purple and white labels! Cover has splitting on the bottom seam – and vinyl has some light crackles right at the start, but then is very nice.)
 
 



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