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New Arrivals ✈

Items added April 20 - 24

Zoot Sims & Bob Brookmeyer

Tonite's Music Today
Storyville, 1956. Near Mint-
An early Storyville Records gem from these two budding modernists – featuring a quartet with Zoot Sims on tenor, Bob Brookmeyer on valve trombone, and Hank Jones on piano and a bit of celeste! LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Liz Story

Solid Colors
Windham Hill, 1983. Near Mint-
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

Jan Garbarek

Belonging
ECM, 1974. Used
With Garbarek on tenor and soprano sax, Keith Jarrett on piano, Palle Danielsson on bass, and Jon Christensen on drums. Titles include "The Windup", "Belonging", "Solstice", "Spiral Dance", and "Blossom". CD (Jazz CD)

BB King

Live In Japan
MCA/Universal, 1971. Used
BB King live in Japan – really cooking here on a concert performance that's quite different from his other live records of the time! The set's a double-length one – originally a 2LP set – and most tracks are nice and long, with lots more room for solos from BB – stretching ... CD (Blues CD)

Eva Cassidy

Songbird
Blix Street, 1990s. Near Mint-
LP, Vinyl record album (Vocalists LP)

Johnny B Moore

Live At Blue Chicago
Delmark, 1995. Used
CD (Blues CD)

Various

Big Apple II
Pasha, 1982. Very Good
12-inch, Vinyl record (Soul 12-inch)

Fats Domino

Fats Domino
United Artists, Late 40s/1950s/Early 60s/1971. Near Mint- 2LP
LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Blind Willie McTell

Last Session
Prestige, Early 60s. Near Mint-
LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)

Tyrone Davis

Something Good
Ocean Front, 1983. Near Mint-
LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Siouxsie & The Banshees

Superstition
Geffen, 1991. Used
A record from a time when Siouxsie and the group were almost a cult unto themselves – working in an aesthetic that so many others were copying, but always with a voice that's strongly their own! It's clear that these guys don't need to try for any crossover club hits, or a more radio-friendly ... CD (Rock CD)
MCA, 1978. Very Good
A classic comeback for the group – with renewed tightness, but still all the edge of the start of the 70s! Titles include "New Song", "Sister Disco", "Music Must Change", "Trick Of The Light", "Guitar & Pen", and the classic "Who Are ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
MCA, 1999. Used
CD (Blues CD)

Celia Cruz & Johnny Pacheco

Tremendo Cache (remastered edition)
Vaya/Fania, 1975. Used
A classic collaboration between Celia Cruz and Johnny Pacheco – one that uses the rootsier sounds of Pacheco's tumbao group to further focus the energy of Celia's vocals! The record's got a solid, cohesive feel that makes it easily one of the best Celia Cruz sessions of the 70s – a ... CD (Latin CD)

Marcus Roberts

Truth Is Spoken Here
Novus/RCA, 1989. Near Mint-
LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Tete Montoliu

Tete!
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1974. Near Mint-
Bold, beautiful piano work from the mighty Tete Montoliu – working here at the height of his powers, in a killer trio with Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass and Albert Tootie Heath on drums! The record soars right from the start – thanks to a sublime reading of "Giant ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

JB Lenoir

Natural Man
Chess, Mid 50s. Very Good+
A really great collection of Chess Records work by JB Lenoir – one of the more unusual singers on the Chicago scene at the time – and one with a sound that's pretty darn great all the way through! Lenoir's tone is a pitch or two up from most of his contemporaries – not as gritty ... LP, Vinyl record album (Blues LP)
1201 Music, 1954. Used
CD (Jazz CD)

George Handy

Handyland USA
X/RCA, Mid 50s. Very Good
A great return to form for George Handy – working here with a hip lineup that includes Allen Eager on tenor, Dave Schildkraut on alto, Kai Winding on trombone, and Ernie Royal on trumpet! LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 1953. Used
Rare work by Charlie Parker, recorded at Storyville Nightclub in Boston in 1953 – originally broadcast on radio station WHDH, and featuring Bird in a more open, relaxed style than his studio sessions. The recording quality is a bit dated, but the quality of the playing isn't – with ... CD (Jazz CD)

BB King

Blues Summit
MCA, 1993. Used
CD (Blues CD)

Dexter Gordon

Biting The Apple
Steeplechase (Denmark), 1976. Used
Dexter Gordon blows back home in the US, but still with the long, open solo style of his European work for Steeplechase! The group features Barry Harris on piano, Sam Jones on bass, and Al Foster on drums – a great rhythm section – and titles include "Apple Jump", "A La ... CD (Jazz CD)

Don Ellis

Electric Bath
Columbia (France), 1967. Used
A pretty tasty little album from trumpeter Don Ellis – his first funky outing for Columbia Records, and a groundbreaking batch of funky big band material! The set's quite different from some of Don's earlier recordings – in that it's a bit less academic, and has a focus more on a strong ... CD (Jazz CD)

Horace Tapscott

Dial B For Barbra
Nimbus, 1983. Very Good+
A great group recording from pianist Horace Tapscott – recorded in LA in the early 80s, but done with all the righteousness and spirituality of his earlier albums! Tracks are long and exploratory, but also relatively lyrical too – stretching out with a style that's never too "outsi ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
G Unit/Interscope, 2004. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
LP, Vinyl record album (Hip Hop LP)
MGM, Early 50s. Very Good
We can't say for sure that Buddy's actually the king of the clarinet, but this record is mighty nice work – and a crackling little set that catches DeFranco at a time when he was one of the strongest players on his instrument, and one of the few to equally absorb bop and swing influences. As ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Donald Byrd & 125th Street NYC

Words Sounds Colors & Shapes
Elektra, 1982. Very Good
A definite soul based session for Donald Byrd – and that's saying a lot here, because his previous decade's worth of work had all had some sort of R&B focus! The main force behind the set here is Isaac Hayes – who's producing, arranging, and playing most of the keyboards on the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
RCA, 1971. Very Good
Crackling live energy from Buddy Rich – recorded at Ronnie Scott's nightclub in London, and with a sound that recalls some of Buddy's best from the 60s! The group is plenty great – and the attraction here goes way beyond just Buddy's famous work as a leader. As with other Rich albums ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Freddie Hubbard

Ride Like The Wind
Elektra, 1982. Very Good+
A sweet and smooth set from Freddie Hubbard – one that builds on his funky fusion of the 70s, and delivers things with a warmer, fuller feel overall! The album's got Freddie fronting a very large group – one arranged by Allyn Ferguson, who also penned some of the album's best tracks as ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan & Others

Jazz Giants '58
Verve, 1958. Near Mint-
An all-star session put together by Verve in 1958 – one that features a septet of some of the label's biggest giants in jazz at the time! The format here is a bit open-ended – almost like some of the earlier JATP sessions on Verve – with lots of room for personal interaction ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Lee Ritenour

Captain Fingers
Epic, 1977. Near Mint-
Smooth and funky fusion from Lee Ritenour – top-shelf all the way, and handled with a really soulful groove, thanks to production from the legendary Skip Drinkwater! Lee's all over the top of the guitar in true "Captain Fingers" style, and Skip makes sure he's got plenty going on ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Chick Corea/Michael Longo

Piano Giants (aka Sundance & Funkia)
Groove Merchant, Late 60s/Early 70s. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
A nice Groove Merchant two-fer, bringing together Corea's Sundance LP and Longo's Funkia. Chick Corea's Sundance is a late 60s recording from the period where he was exploring free and modal playing, hinting at the feel of the Circle LPs we love so much that he participated in. Hubert Laws does a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Mccoy Tyner

Atlantis
Milestone, 1975. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
One of Tyner's great searching mid 70s sides. This is the sort of record we used to take for granted from coming across it often enough to ignore it, but once we dropped the needle, we find ourselves returning to it often. Featuring a quintet with then younger progressive players like Azar ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Velvet Underground

Velvet Underground & Nico
Verve, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold
Delicate dissonance, bruised beauty, and hazy noise pop – all in one of the best rock albums ever made – the amazing first album from the Velvet Underground and Nico! The album's the stuff of legend – and for good reason, too – a surprising slab of vinyl that barely set the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)

McCoy Tyner

Echoes Of A Friend
Milestone, 1972. Near Mint-
A haunting tribute to the late John Coltrane – not just a "friend" of McCoy Tyner, but a key musical partner back in the 60s! The album's a solo piano effort – extremely intimate, but still played with that long-flowing majesty we always love in McCoy – and two of the ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Dave Brubeck

Jazz Goes To College
Columbia, 1954. Near Mint-
The Dave Brubeck Quartet goes to college – a pretty good place for the combo, considering how many fans they had on campus in the 50s! The sound here is never too academic for the setting, though – just the same sort of Brubeck groove first forged in the small clubs in San Francisco ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Four Tops

Four Tops Live
Motown, 1966. Near Mint-
One of the hardest, rawest Four Tops album on 60s Motown – a unique live session, recorded at the Roostertail Nightclub in Detroit – with a sound that shows that the Tops could maybe shine even more away from the studio! Levi Stubbs' leads are especially incredible – not just a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

Charlie Parker, Johnny Hodges, and others

Jam Session #1
Verve, Early 50s. Near Mint-
The first album to carry the Jazz At The Philharmonic formula into the studio – and a record that virtually coined the term "jam session" for 50s jazz! Norman Granz repeats the style he'd done so well in a live setting – and brings together a host of all-star players in a ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Contemporary, 1956. Near Mint-
Maybe the title's a bit overly-optimistic – but with a record like this, you can certainly imagine a world in which everybody does like Hampton Hawes! The record's the third in a legendary early run for the Contemporary label – trio material that broke Hawes out of the box and firmly ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Coleman Hawkins

Sirius
Pablo, 1966. Near Mint-
Great late work from Hawk – recorded near the end of his life, with a soulful quartet that included Barry Harris on piano and Bob Cranshaw on bass. The tracks are all fairly standard – like "Sugar", "The Man I Love", "Time On My Hands", and "The One I ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Stanley Cowell

Blues For The Viet Cong
Arista/Freedom, 1969. Near Mint-
Incredible work from the young Stanley Cowell – one of his first albums ever, but already a step ahead of most of his contemporaries! The set's a trio date, unlike some of Cowell's later albums for Strata East – and it's got a wonderful blend of soaring piano lines and more complicated ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Prestige, 1959. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
The crashing waves of the Pacific coast hardly seem like the serene setting you might want for the vibes of Cal Tjader – but this album works surprisingly well, and offers up Cal's combo in a Monterey live date, before the jazz festival really got going strong! The group's one that matches ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)
Blue Note, 1957. Near Mint-
One of the greatest Sonny Rollins records ever! The set is a legendary batch of trio tracks that feature Sonny working in a format that is incredibly free for the time, and which show him as more of a modernist than a bopper – although his solos are still pretty darn fantastic from a bop ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Enchantment

Enchanted Lady
Columbia, 1982. Near Mint-
One of the best moments ever from Enchantment – a set that has the group still sticking with the great harmonies that got them started in the 70s, yet stretching out with a tight 80s groove that's just perfect for their energy! There's a decidedly old school feel going on here – a real ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)
Atco, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold
Mac really steps out on this one – pushing past his usual hip studio take on New Orleans soul, to a more expansive style that includes performances by a host of surprise guests like Mick Jagger, Eric Clapton, PP Arnold, Graham Bond, and Doris Troy. That loping, trippy groove of John's is ... LP, Vinyl record album (Soul LP)

John Coltrane & Pharoah Sanders

Live In Seattle
Impulse, 1965/1971. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
John Coltrane and Pharoah Sanders, really setting fire here in a classic live performance from the mid 60s – one of those very long, open-ended concert dates that was arguably even more impressive than some of Coltrane's studio album! The set was recorded in 1965, but not issued until a few ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Charles Mingus

Cumbia & Jazz Fusion
Atlantic, 1978. Near Mint-
One of the most enigmatic albums that Charles Mingus ever recorded – especially in his later years! The set features two very long tracks done by Mingus for use in a film about cocaine traffic between New York and Columbia – but considering the nature of the music, and the freely ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Alice Coltrane

Universal Consciousness
Impulse, 1971. Very Good+ Gatefold
One of Alice Coltrane's most adventurous albums – a beautiful blend of organ, harp, percussion, and strings – much of which are transcribed for the album by Ornette Coleman! The most haunting aspect of the album is Alice's work on organ – spare, jagged, with a nascent soulful ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Lee Morgan

Rumproller
Blue Note, 1965. Near Mint-
A great album by Lee Morgan – and one not to pass up! The Rumproller often gets too easily lumped next to The Sidewinder – because of an obvious title and cover similarity to that hit record – but like that one, the album's far more than jazz cliche – and shows Lee Morgan ... LP, Vinyl record album (Jazz LP)

Animal Collective

Sung Tongs
Fat Cat, 2004. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
LP, Vinyl record album (Rock LP)
 



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