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✨✧ Count BasieApril In Paris (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 1955. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of Basie's biggest albums – but still a work of pure genius! "April In Paris" is one of the darkest jazz standards ever written, and it never sounded better than in this original version, which features that great ending in which Basie and the band stop, then start, then stop – leaving you completely unresolved at the finish. The group's a strong one – with Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Freddie Green, Sonny Payne, Marshall Royal, Henry Coker, Joe Newman, and Thad Jones – and tracks include "Shiny Stockings", "Midgets", "Mambo Inn", "Sweety Cakes", and "Corner Pocket". Features 6 bonus tracks too! CD
(Verve Master Edition.)

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Dark MysteriesDark Mysteries Collected Works Vol 1 – June/July 1951 to April/May 1952 – Issues 1 to 6 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... $9.99 49.99
Dark Mysteries promises "eerie adventures" and it definitely lives up to that promise – as the book is filled with very creepy stories from the glory days of postwar horror comics! The publication ran alongside the early days of EC Comics horror, and also features some of that company's artists too – but was always a bit more stark and rough around the edges, which makes the eerie adventures inside seem even more spooky by comparison! There's plenty of skeletons and ghouls within – the kind of dark alley tales that made the world of early 50s America feel like it was about to become a playground for the supernatural. Artwork in this volume is by Wally Wood, Joe Orlando, Lou Cameron, Vince Napoli, Bill Fraccio, Hy Fleishman, and others. Book

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Forbidden WorldsForbidden Worlds Collected Works Volume 11 – Issues 65 to 70 – April 1958 to September 1958 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), 1958. New Copy ... $9.99 47.99
Great work from the comics code run of the legendary Forbidden Worlds – a time when this important early horror book moved into heavy sci-fi territory, but barely missed a beat at all! Instead, the comic almost seemed to hit a new sort of stride – as the stories by the great Richard Hughes opened up with even more wit and imagination – sometimes paving the way for the Herbie comics to come, sometimes hitting the science-tuned style of some of DC's great sci-fi comics from the same time. So many other publishers went by the wayside at this point, but the advent of the Comics Code can't stop the magic here – given that the ACG comics didn't rely on gore or shock to carry their stories – but instead had great artwork and a real sense of cohesion. Artists on these issues include the great Ogden Whitney, featured in many issues and covers – plus John Forte, Harry Lazarus, Dick Beck, Al Williamson, John Rosenberger, and others. Book

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Brad MehldauSuite – April 2020 ... CD
Nonesuch, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
One of the most beautiful, personal albums we've ever heard from pianist Brad Mehldau – a set that gives away its concept right in the title – put together and performed during the month of April 2020 – surely one of the strangest on the planet in recent years! Mehldau mixes his own music with a few key tracks by others – choosing carefully, as he does with his notes on the solo piano – working with a mode that's surprisingly poetic, but also touched with some of the more melancholic moods that gripped so many of us during the initial moments of lockdown. The set's certainly not going to be alone in the world of Covid-19 creativity, but it's certainly one of the most beautiful – with titles that include "Uncertainty", "Remembering Before All This", "Keeping Distance", "Stepping Outside", "Yearning", "Waiting", and "In The Kitchen" – plus versions of "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and "New York State Of Mind". CD

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North Texas State University Lab BandsAnnual Spring Concert Of The Lab Bands – April 14, 1970 ... LP
NTSU, 1970. Very Good+ ... $12.99
A great entry in this excellent series from the always-great NTSU Lab Band – an ensemble that was definitely a cut above other school bands of the time! The set's noteworthy in that it features work from a young Steve Turre on bass – and other players include John Eplen on vibes, Jim Sharples on tenor, Jim Riggs on soprano sax, Jim Hodges and Dick Durham on piano, Tex Allen on trumpet, and Kenny Renfro on guitar – all players heard in a variety of small combos throughout the set, often on original material too! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, and back has a small piece of tape.)

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Placebo/Sadi Quartet/Rene ThomasLive In Bruxelles – Jazz In Belgium – Three Days In April (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $26.99
Rare work from the legendary funky group Placebo – recorded live here in a set that also features contributions from two other great Belgian acts too! Placebo dominate the first half of the record – and turn in a hard-driving performance that's heavy on Fender Rhodes from the legendary Marc Moulin – who has this way of playing that makes his keyboard lines all nice and chunky, and a perfect fit for the funky drums and tight horns on the tunes! The group's a septet, with two trumpets, two saxes, bass, and drums – all kicking out a great groove for the Rhodes, on tunes that include "Showbiz Suite", "Only Nineteen", and "Planes". Next up is strongly soulful work from vibist Fats Sadi – a player you might know from his 60s work on MPS and in the Clarke Boland Big Band – sounding great here in a quartet mode, with piano, bass and drums – ringing out out strongly on tunes that include "Burgos", "Gigi's Pad", and "Gospel Time". Last up is guitarist Rene Thomas – a player whose best-known work is from the 50s Parisian scene. Rene still sounds great here – and actually plays with a harder tone and more freewheeling vibe – in a trio with bass and drums, on the titles "Blue Tempo", "My Wife Maria", and "Chega Da Saudade". CD

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Teddy PowellComplete Teddy Powell Vol 5 – October 15, 1941 to April 30, 1942 ... LP
Ajazz, Early 40s. Sealed ... $4.99
With vocals by Dick Judge, Peggy Mann, and Tommy Taylor. LP, Vinyl record album

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Thaione DavisApril January ... CD
Enviromentally Sound, 2003. Used ... $4.99
A sweet little groover of an instrumentals set from Chicago's Thaione Davis. April January is a mellow, trippy, sampledelic platter of soundscapes from start to finish, cut with some nice dialogue samples that set the cool, cool vibe very nicely. All told, it's a jazzy, beat-thumping set with a bit of a filmic vibe. Nice! 18 tracks in all, including ""Winter Springs", "Prelude", "Afternoon In Greece", "29 February", "The Verve", "Careless", "Paper Mache" and more! CD
(Original CDr release.)

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✨✧ WireIssue 446 – April 2021 ... Magazine
Wire, 2021. New Copy ... About April 23, 2021
... Magazine

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✨✧ Count BasieApril In Paris ... CD
Verve/Polygram, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Basie's biggest albums – but still a work of pure genius! "April In Paris" is one of the darkest jazz standards ever written, and it never sounded better than in this original version, which features that great ending in which Basie and the band stop, then start, then stop – leaving you completely unresolved at the finish. The group's a strong one – with Frank Foster, Frank Wess, Freddie Green, Sonny Payne, Marshall Royal, Henry Coker, Joe Newman, and Thad Jones – and tracks include "Shiny Stockings", "Midgets", "Mambo Inn", "Sweety Cakes", and "Corner Pocket". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonHappy Birthday Duke – Duke Ellington & His Orchestra April 29th Birthday Sessions Vols 1-5 (5CD box set) ... CD
Laser Light, Early 50s. Used 5 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Featuring Cat Anderson and Clark Terry on trumpet, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, and vocals by Jimmy Grissom. Tracks include "C Jam Blues", "Coffee & Kisses", "Summertime", "Creole Love Call", "Blue Moon", "VIP's Boogie", and "Take The A Train" – 51 tracks total! CD
(Out of print. Please note the outer box is not included.)

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✨✧ Adventures Into DarknessAdventures Into Darkness Collected Works Vol 1 – August 1952 to April 1953 – Issues 5 to 9 (hardcover) ... Book
PS Artbooks (UK), Early 50s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Creepy comics galore – of the sort that made the industry create the comics code to protect young readers from material like this! The collection brings together rare issues from this obscure Standard Publications title – all in full color, including the covers – and even featuring reproductions of all the goofy vintage ads too! As with other PS Artbooks volumes, there's a very faithful way of giving you the kind of comic experience you'd need a fortune to enjoy otherwise – full rare issues presented in a way that lets you read these rare horror comics gems, without having to worry about the old paper crumbling in your hands. Art in this volume includes work from Alex Toth, Charles Sultan, Ralph Mayo, George Tuska, Ruben Moreira, Art Saaf, and George Roussos. Book

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✨✧ Brad MehldauSuite – April 2020 ... LP
Nonesuch, 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the most beautiful, personal albums we've ever heard from pianist Brad Mehldau – a set that gives away its concept right in the title – put together and performed during the month of April 2020 – surely one of the strangest on the planet in recent years! Mehldau mixes his own music with a few key tracks by others – choosing carefully, as he does with his notes on the solo piano – working with a mode that's surprisingly poetic, but also touched with some of the more melancholic moods that gripped so many of us during the initial moments of lockdown. The set's certainly not going to be alone in the world of Covid-19 creativity, but it's certainly one of the most beautiful – with titles that include "Uncertainty", "Remembering Before All This", "Keeping Distance", "Stepping Outside", "Yearning", "Waiting", and "In The Kitchen" – plus versions of "Don't Let It Bring You Down" and "New York State Of Mind". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Suite – April 2020 ... CD 13.99
 
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Yuzo Hayashi & Salon 68Life As A Cinema (Japanese pressing) ... CD
April (Japan), 2002. Used ... $19.99
Scatting vocals, bossa rhythms, and a really sweet little set from Salon 68 – a current recording, but with the kind of sound you'd expect from the Italian scene of 40 years back! There's a brilliance here that's undeniable – an amazing ability to capture the best bossa-driven sounds of the European scene of the 60s – done without any overly-clever, or self-conscious modes – just a warm love of snapping percussion, rhythmic jazz, and the grooviest sort of vocal touches needed to make the album sparkle with the same appeal as its cover! One track features lyrics in French, but most of the set is relatively wordless, although still often with vocals – and features instrumentation that includes some very cool organ and keyboards. CD
(Out of print, original 2002 Japanese pressing – includes obi and a bonus coaster!)

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Universal FunkMirrors ... CD
April (Denmark), 2005. Used ... $6.99
It's been a few years since we last heard from these guys – and in that time, they've really grown a lot! The sound of this set is head and shoulders above their already-great album One – warmer, jazzier, and done with a richer instrumental vibe that we never would have expected! There's still plenty of beats and keys in the mix – but the album also features some really strong vocals on a number of cuts – plus moody trumpet lines on some of the best instrumentals. The group are fast emerging as one of the most fully-formed on the growing Danish scene – as you'll hear on titles that include "A Smell Of Tokyo", "I'm In Heaven", "Jacob's Ladder", "Greyhound", "The Day You Left Me", and "Twisted Forms". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousCompanionship – The Sound Of Scandinavia ... CD
April/VME (Denmark), 2002. Used ... $2.99
A wealth of unreleased tracks by some of our favorite recent groups – and a beautiful album of tunes with a solid jazzy feel! The vibe here is right up the Compost Records alley – current European acts with a respect for all things classic, working in a modern idiom that expands older jazzy riffs into a bouquet of new musical tones, colors, and shades. About half the tracks on the set have never been released before, and the other half that have are equally enjoyable numbers pulled from hard to find import releases that you might have missed anyway! Titles include "Eternal" by Brilliant Corner, "April In Vein" by Swell Session, "Paperkites" by Odd Couple, "Hear My" by Ernesto's, "Gonky Boa" by Joi, "Striladans" by Kahuun, "Brothers & Sisters" by Universal Funk, "Tombo In 7/4" by A Bossa Electrica, "Searchin For Love" by Tony Svensson Project, "Kolor Fokus" by Butti 49, and "Tonight" by Koop. CD
(Disc has some marks but plays fine.)
 
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✨✧ Eden AhbezEden's Island & Beyond ... CD
Jasmine (UK), 1960. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A wonderful collection – one that features the legendary album by Eden Ahbez, plus other tracks that show his influence on postwar music! First up is the core Eden's Island set – an incredibly evocative record – one of the strangest of its kind, and an audio treasure that we've loved for years! Eden Ahbez first came into public prominence as the man who wrote "Nature Boy" for Nat King Cole – a dark, moody tune that was as mysterious and earthy as the man who wrote it! This album was recorded nearly a decade after Cole's original hit, and features Ahbez almost in Moondog-like territory – working in an amazing setting of odd instruments and exotic percussion – but also singing in this almost spiritualist kind of way! The record's got plenty of ties to the exotica scene of the late 50s – but also stand out from the pack with a mad vision that's all its own – a strange intersection of lines that one might draw between Moondog, Martin Denny, and Anton La Vey! Tracks include "The Wanderer", "Eden's Island", "Tradewind", "Full Moon", "Mongoose", "Market Place", "The Old Boat", "Island Girl" and "La Mar". CD then features 16 more bonus tracks – all compositions by Eden and work that shows others taking up his helm – titles that include "Palm Springs" by Ray Anthony, "Wine Women & Gold" by The Carsons, "Hey Jacque" by Eartha Kitt, "Frankie's Song" by Anita Ray, "Let Me Hear You Say I Love You" by Vicki Young, "End Of Desire" by April Stevens, "Sahara" by Bob Romeo & The Jungle Sextet, and "Song Of The Fool" by The Crew Cuts. CD

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Chet BakerComplete Studio Sessions With Dick Twardzik ... CD
Lonehill (Spain), 1955. Used ... $14.99
Excellent work from Chet Baker's 1955 tour of the NATO nations – 13 recordings done with the legendary pianist Richard Twardzik, plus a few other surprising guest stars! Twardzik was one the the freshest talents of the west coast scene of the 50s, but a player who was sadly overlooked, due to his tragic early death. The set captures him at the height of his powers, working with Baker on 9 tracks recorded in the studio in Paris – with a lineup that includes Jimmy Bond on bass and Peter Littman on drums – plus 4 more live recordings from a 1955 concert in Stuttgart, with Lars Gullin joining the group on baritone sax, plus one especially great number that features Catherina Valente scatting along on jazz vocals! The set features 13 tracks in all – with studio titles that include "Rondette", "Mid Forte", "Sad Walk", "Re-Search", "Just Duo", "Piece Caprice", and "The Girl From Greenland" – plus live tracks that include "Cool Blues", "Brash", "Lover Man", and "I'll Remember April". And for discographers, note that some of this material has appeared on the albums Chet In Paris and Chet Baker In Europe. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ BlackbyrdsBlackbyrds/Flying Start ... CD
Fantasy, 1974. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
2 incredible albums from The Blackbyrds – back to back on a single CD! First up is the self-titled Blackbyrds record – a funky jazz treasure, and the band's landmark first album! The Blackbyrds were a legendary 70s combo that were discovered by Donald Byrd while he was teaching at Howard University – and they had a tight style that mixed raw funk influences with smoother jazz playing, creating a sound that was different from many of their contemporaries, and which pushed funk and soul into a whole new level. Byrd's work with the band was as groundbreaking as Larry Mizell's work on his own Blue Note albums – and coincidentally, Larry Mizzell's Sky High Productions handles the studio chores for the set – but in a way that's much more sharply funky than his albums with Byrd! Titles include the tight choppy funk tracks "Do It, Fluid" and "Funky Junkie", plus other nice groovers like "Summer Love", "Gut Level", and "The Runaway". Flying Start has a beautifully put-together feel – tight enough to crossover somewhat big with a larger audience than the group's previous effort – but still filled with the kind of righteous energy that first got them going, a sublime mix of jazzy rhythms and soulful elements, all held together tightly by production from Donald Byrd. Tracks include the big hit "Walking In Rhythm", which was an oft-spun 45 back in the day – plus some great funk moments, like the tasty "Spaced Out", the choppy "The Baby", and the captivating "Blackbyrds Theme". Other cuts include "Future Children Future Hopes", "I Need You", and "April Showers". CD

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BlackbyrdsFlying Start ... LP
Fantasy, 1974. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Not the band's first album – as you might think from the "start" in the title – but a classic batch of jazzy, funky, and soulful grooves from The Blackbyrds – one of those combos that few groups could match back in the 70s! The set's got a beautifully put-together feel – tight enough to crossover somewhat big with a larger audience than the group's previous effort – but still filled with the kind of righteous energy that first got them going, a sublime mix of jazzy rhythms and soulful elements, all held together tightly by production from Donald Byrd. Tracks include the big hit "Walking In Rhythm", which was an oft-spun 45 back in the day – plus some great funk moments, like the tasty "Spaced Out", the choppy "The Baby", and the captivating "Blackbyrds Theme". Other cuts include "Future Children Future Hopes", "I Need You", and "April Showers". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing!)

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Brazilian Groove BandAnatomy Of Groove ... CD
Far Out (UK), 1999/2009. New Copy ... $8.99 16.99
A sweet mix of Brazilian grooves and New York attitude – an overlooked session from the end of the 90s – recorded in the US by Brazilian saxman Leo Gandelman, with soulful help from a variety of American players – including Reuben Wilson on organ and both Charlie Hunter and Grant Green Jr on guitar! There's a rich sort of 70s vibe to the record – a tight, funky blend of jazzy riffing and Brazilian percussion, all put together at a level that almost reminds us of Kudu Records at its best – lean, soulful, and surprisingly focused throughout – a great step forward for Gandelman, and for percussionist Juliano Zanoni, who co-arranged the set with Leo, and also wrote most of the tunes. Supposedly, the record never saw the light of day when it was recorded – making this sweet Far Out package its first-ever release! Titles include "Safari", "Pau Grande", "April 7th", "Dance", "Prince Samba", "Groove In The Head", "Pirulito", and "Charlie 1". CD

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Clifford Brown & Max RoachAt Basin Street ... CD
EmArcy/Verve, Mid 50s. Used ... $4.99
About as classic as you can get for the Brown/Roach group – recorded at Basin Street with a group that includes Richie Powell on piano, Sonny Rollins on tenor, and George Morrow on bass. Tracks are tight and in that firey hardbop mode the pair pioneered – and titles include "Gertrude's Bounce", "Powell's Prances", "Time", "The Scene Is Clean", and "I'll Remember April". Most notable is the work by Powell on the record – as Bud's brother really shines here, turning out some great original compositions, and arranging the group with tight precision! Plus, the CD reissue features 7 bonus tracks – including alternates of some tunes on the record, and a few breakdowns. CD
(Out of print.)

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Ray CrawfordSmooth Groove ... CD
Candid/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961/1988. New Copy ... About March 15, 2021
One of the only albums ever cut as a leader by soul jazz guitarist Ray Crawford – a contemporary of Grant Green and Wes Montgomery, but a player who's hardly ever gotten his due! This rare date was originally recorded for the short-lived Candid label back in 1961, but was only issued two decades later as part of the Candid revival – a fact that makes the album even more noteworthy! The set's got a really solid groove that reminds us a fair bit of Grant Green's best early 60s work for Blue Note – as Ray's playing in a tight, single-line format on most numbers – working with a very hip group that includes Johnny Coles on trumpet, Cecil Payne on baritone sax, Junior Mance on piano, Ben Tucker on bass, and Frankie Dunlop on drums. Tracks are all nice and long – very open, with plenty of solo space – and are all originals by Crawford as well. Titles include "Smooth Groove", "I Knew Prez", "Impossible", "Miss April", and "The Compendium Suite". Shoulda been a 60s classic – but at least we've finally gotten it released! CD

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Bob CrosbyBob Crosby & His Orchestra – On The Air ... LP
Aircheck, 1940. Sealed ... $2.99
Incldues a March 25, 1940 broadcast from the Terrace Room of Hotel New Yorker and an April 25, 1940 recording from the Blackhawk Restaurant in Chicago. LP, Vinyl record album
(70s issue. Cover has light seepage at the bottom left corner.)

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Eddie Lockjaw DavisJaw's Blues (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1981. New Copy ... $16.99
Tenorist Eddie Lockjaw Davis always had a hell of a tone – and although his best-remembered dates are maybe from the 50s and 60s, the saxophonist still kept on making great records for many years to come! This album's definitely one of those – a European live recording, done in Munich, with Eddie stretching out with the sort of raspy tone that always made his early duets with Johnny Griffin such a delight – getting the sort of sensitive accompaniment here that Griff had on some of his later European dates too. The wonderful Horace Parlan is on piano, with Reggie Johnson on bass, and Alvin Queen on drums – and although it's clear that the Davis tenor solos are the main attraction, the album's a very sold group effort too. Titles include "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Jaw's Blues", "I'll Remember April", "Young Man With A Horn", and "But Beautiful". CD features two bonus tracks – "On Green Dolphin Street" and "Days Of Wine & Roses". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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Kenny DorhamJazz Contrasts (Keepnews collection) ... CD
Riverside, 1957. Used ... $6.99
Early work by Kenny Dorham as a leader – a Riverside session recorded in two "contrasting" moods that both perfectly show his young talents on the trumpet! Side one is a bit more in a hardbop mode – with two long lyrical tracks ("Falling In Love With Love" and "I'll Remember April") – recorded with a quintet that features Sonny Rollins on tenor, Hank Jones on piano, Oscar Pettiford on bass, and Max Roach on drums – with plenty of space for all players to solo nicely! Side two features the same group, but also adds in some work on harp by Betty Glamman – an unusual player, but one who works well in the setting – and really helps to emphasize the sweeter sounds in Kenny's horn! Titles on that side include "La Villa", "Larue", and "My Old Flame". CD
(Small cutout hole through case.)

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Ella Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday with Carmen McRaeElla Fitzgerald & Billie Holiday At Newport (plus Carmen McRae too!) ... CD
Verve, 1957. Used ... $4.99
Two of the biggest singers who ever worked for Verve Records – captured perfectly at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! Ella Fitzgerald steps out with a strong, lively groove on the first half of the set – swinging things with a looser, more upbeat quality than on some of her mellower Verve studio sets of the late 50s – really grooving it up with small combo backing from the trio of pianist Don Abney! Billie Holiday also gets some small combo backing too – a hip trio with Mal Waldron on piano, Joe Benjamin on bass, and Jo Jones on drums – often a bit more laidback than the group on Ella's sides, but in a great way that helps Holiday hit a very intimate sound, even before this large audience. Ella sings "This Can't Be Love", "Body & Soul", "April In Paris", "I Got A Crush On You", and "Airmail Special" – and Billie sings "Nice Work If You Can Get It", "What A Little Moonlight Can Do", "My Man", "Willow Weep For Me", and "Lady Sings The Blues". CD also features 3 more unissued bonus tracks by Ella – "Too Close For Comfort", "Lullaby Of Birdland", and "I'm Gonna Sit Right Down & Write Myself A Letter". And, added to all of this are 7 more tracks recorded by Carmen McRae at Newport, not issued by Verve in the 50s because Carmen was working for Decca! These sides feature trio backing too – from groups featuring Ray Bryant and Junior Mance on piano – on titles that include "Body & Soul", "Skyliner", "I'll Remember April", "Perdido", and "Love Is Here To Stay". CD
(Cutout mark through digipack barcode.)

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongElla & Louis (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Verve, 1956. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 21.98
Classic duets between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – done in a sweet mode that only could have been handled by Verve in the 50s! Backings are in a nice small combo mode – with Armstrong on both trumpet and vocals – and Ella and Louis carry most of the set with their great vocal interplay – warm, personal, and pretty darn charming – in a mode that should be hokey, but comes across great, thanks to the quality of both vocalists! Titles include "April In Paris", "Can't We Be Friends", "Isn't This A Lovely Day", "Under A Blanket Of Blue", and "A Foggy Day". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Aretha FranklinYoung, Gifted, & Black (yellow vinyl pressing) ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 23.99
A beautiful album that perfectly mixes both sides of Aretha Franklin's talents – the hard-edged soul singer who first flourished at Atlantic records in the late 60s, and the artist who was growing even more as a vocalist – really reaching out her wings to more sophisticated material! There's a balance here that makes the record one of the deepest that Franklin ever recorded for Atlantic – lots of larger Arif Mardin touches, but also some raw moments that really round things out – on titles that include Aretha's classic take on the Weldon Irvine/Nina Simone tune "Young Gifted & Black", the funky classic "Rock Steady", the wonderful mellow groover "Day Dreaming", the hit "Brand New Me", and the strangely compelling "First Snow In Kokomo" – plus other titles that include "All The King's Horses", "Oh Me Oh My", "Border Song", "Didn't I Blow Your Mind", "April Fools", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", and "The Long & Winding Road". LP, Vinyl record album

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Erroll GarnerComplete Concert By The Sea (180 gram 2LP pressing) ... LP
Columbia/Friday Music, 1955. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $29.99
A beautiful version of one of Erroll Garner's best-selling albums ever – in a special oversized package that features the full unedited concert on two records! The album's a famous live date recorded in the mid 50s – and a record that's as important to his catalog as the classic Misty! Garner's playing before an apparently large audience, but the recording quality is still nice and clear – a strong focus on his amazing work on the keys of the piano – filled with rhythmic invention at every turn, in a way that can only be described as Garner-esque, and which still leaves us breathless after all these years. Despite the oft-heard power of the record, it's still a great one – worthy of discovery even if it wasn't a hit, and still great even if it was. Rhythm is by Eddie Calhoun on bass and Denzil Best on drums – and the package was co-produced by pianist Geri Allen, with a total of 23 tracks that include "Teach Me Tonight", "I'll Remember April", "Autumn Leaves", "Red Top", "April In Paris", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "Erroll's Theme", and "Where Or When". LP, Vinyl record album

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Erroll GarnerConcert By The Sea ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of Erroll Garner's best-selling albums ever – a famous live date recorded in the mid 50s – and a record that's as important to his catalog as the classic Misty! Garner's playing before an apparently large audience, but the recording quality is still nice and clear – a strong focus on his amazing work on the keys of the piano – filled with rhythmic invention at every turn, in a way that can only be described as Garner-esque, and which still leaves us breathless after all these years. Despite the oft-heard power of the record, it's still a great one – worthy of discovery even if it wasn't a hit. Rhythm is by Eddie Calhoun on bass and Denzil Best on drums – on tracks that include "Teach Me Tonight", "I'll Remember April", "Autumn Leaves", "Red Top", "April In Paris", "They Can't Take That Away From Me", "Erroll's Theme", and "Where Or When". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono 6 eye pressing with deep groove.)

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Stan Getz & Chet BakerStan Meets Chet ... CD
Verve, 1958. Used ... $3.99
A classic meeting of these two talents – recorded in Chicago with a Chicago rhythm section of Jodie Christian, Victor Sproles, and Marshall Thompson. The album's an odd one, and is recorded with less of the impeccability of some of Verve's other sessions (which is probaby how the Chicago team got in the action) – but given Baker's harder-edged proclivities at the time, the set's a very interesting one to hear, and the relaxed nature of the tracks brings out some important solo moments from both players. 4 long tracks – including "I'll Remember April", "Jordu", and "Half-Breed Apache". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Jimmy GreeneWhile Looking Up ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2020. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
We're sure that Jimmy Greene shot that cover photo before the Covid-19 lockdown, but the image has a particularly strong resonance after all of us have faced that situation – which is why the "looking up" title on the album is very well placed! Greene's music has this sense of positivity that's really great – not an easy, blithely optimistic vibe – but this personal spirit that really comes through in his music – a vibe that's uplifting, but never too facile too – this great quality that comes through the interplay of Jimmy's work on tenor and soprano, with guitar from Lage Lund, piano and Fender Rhodes from Aaron Goldberg, bass from Reuben Rogers, and drums from Kendrick Scott – plus some guest vibes from Stefon Harris too. Most tracks are Greene originals – and titles include "Overreaction", "Steadfast", "Simple Prayer", "While Looking Up", and "April 4th". CD

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✨✧ Eddie HarrisDancing By A Rainbow ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1995. New Copy ... $16.99
A lovely later set from Eddie Harris – proof that his groove was still going strong years after his bigger fame on the scene! The set here features all original work by Eddie – some titles we know from classic albums, but a few others we don't easily recognize – all of which work together to make for a really fresh batch of material, and hardly the sort of overplayed standards that some jazz players resort to in their older years. The group's a relatively youthful one – with Nolan Smith on trumpet, Ronald Muldrow on guitar, Jeff Chambers on bass, and Gaylord Birch on drums – and Eddie himself plays piano in addition to his usual tenor sax. Titles include "An April To Be Remembered", "Dancing By A Rainbow", "Set Us Free", "The Grand Strut", "Mean Greens", "You Are Not The Right One For Me", and "It's Just Fun & Games". CD
(Part of the "Enja – Real Jazz Classics" series!)

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✨✧ John HicksIs That So ... CD
Timeless/Solid (Japan), 1990. New Copy ... $13.99
The title alone is more than enough to win us over here – as it's a great Duke Pearson composition that turns out to be a wonderful showcase for the most lyrical modes of pianist John Hicks! That tune's the leadoff, and it really sets the tone for the record – a gently soulful set that has Hicks working in a wonderful trio with Ray Drummond on bass and Idris Muhammad on drums – both players with a warmly melodic feel, especially Drummond – who seems to create this resonance with John's piano. Titles include "Is That So", "Emily", "Yesterdays", "I'll Remember April", "Sonnymoon For Two", and "April Eyes". CD
(Part of the "Solid Records – Jazz Giants" series!)

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Joyce & Tutty MorenoSamba Jazz & Outras Bossas ... CD
Far Out (UK), 2007. New Copy ... $7.99 16.99
Incredibly lovely work from Joyce – quite possibly her best album in years, and a set that's filled with the same scatting brilliance we loved in her classics from the 70s and 80s! The set's done in collaboration with husband/drummer Tutty Moreno – and the pair lead a small combo with a nicely jazzy feel that further enforces the freely soaring lines in Joyce's vocals! Instrumentation includes a shifting array of saxes, flute, clarinet, and piano – plus plenty of warm guitar from Joyce, played with a crystal clear and sensitive sound. Titles include "Garoto", "Sabe Quem", "Tema Pro Baden", "Bodas De Vinil", "Magica", "Penalty", "April Child", "Shangri-La", and a great cover of Tenorio Jr's classic "Embalo". CD

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Teddi KingAll The King's Songs ... LP
Coral, 1959. Very Good ... $9.99
The title tells the story of the album's concept – as Teddi King pays tribute to a dozen male "kings" of music – including Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Dick Haymes, and Billy Eckstine! The tunes are all signature numbers by each of the male stars – redone by Teddi here with a female twist, and set to backings by Lew Douglas and Johnny Richards – both of whom give Teddi some of the best support of her 50s career. Richards' backings are especially great – nicely dynamic, in a way that breaks past some of Teddi's sleepier qualities – and even on the mellower numbers, the King vocals are in full force, sung with even more promise than on previous albums for RCA. Titles include "Flamingo", "Unforgettable", "April Showers", "A Cottage For Sale", "This Love Of Mine", "Keeping Out Of Mischief Now", and "Temptation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Maroon label stereo pressing with deep groove, in the textured cover, with some splitting in the top seam.)

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MarsArchives Vol 2 – 11000 Volts To Tunnel ... LP
Feeding Tube, 1978. Near Mint- ... $24.99
Recorded live at CBGB's on February 5th and March 29th, 1978 and Max's Kansas City on April 25th of the same year. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkMonk. (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1964. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful Columbia work from Thelonious Monk – a record that has as much warmth and charm as it does visionary modernist moments! A number of the tunes are standards, not Monk compositions – and they're done here with a sense of depth and joy of exploration that's really wonderful – a transformative energy that opens them up magically – and which sits them strongly next to the few original tunes by Thelonious on the set. The tenor sax of Charlie Rouse is a joy throughout – angular and fluid, but also personal and soulful as well – and Monk's piano has some especially timeless edges on the mellower tracks. Titles include "Liza", "I Love You", "That Old Man", "Pannonica", "Teo", and a nice take on "April In Paris". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – alternate takes of "April In Paris" and "Pannonica" – plus "Just You Just Me/Lisa". CD
(Out of print.)

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Audrey MorrisBistro Ballads ... CD
RCA (Spain), 1955. Used ... $9.99
A wonderful album of sad-tinged saloon songs – sung by Chicago vocalist Audrey Morris, in the same small combo style she was using in the clubs at the time! Audrey accompanies herself on piano, backed by only the bass of Johnny Pate and drums of Charles Walton – in a lean style that really gets at the darkness of the tracks on the set. Titles include a stellar version of "Guess Who I Saw Today", plus "Blah Blah Blah", "Nobody's Heart Belongs To Me", "Sweet William", "Where Are You", "The End Of A Love Affair", and "April Fool". CD
(Out of print.)

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Phineas NewbornPlays Harold Arlen's Music From Jamaica/Fabulous Phineas ... CD
RCA/Collectables, 1957. Used ... $9.99
A pair of early albums from this Memphis piano legend! First up is the album Jamaica – one of the greatest albums from the early years of Phineas Newborn – a large group session from the pianist, and one with a very different feel than some of his trio sides! The music is all from the Harold Arlen musical Jamaica – but the groove is pure Newborn all the way, and a lot more soulful than anything you'd hear on Broadway! Phineas' piano somehow seems even more fluid than usual – and it's set up in a great group with really wonderful guitar work from Les Spann, who's clearly the second biggest voice on the date – plus Jerome Richardson on tenor and flute, Sahib Shihab on alto and baritone, Ernie Royal on trumpet, and Jimmy Cleveland on trombone. Willie Rodriguez and Francisco Pozo add in some great extra percussion to the tunes – further helping the groove – and titles include "For Every Fish", "Take It Slow Joe", "Pity De Sunset", "Napoleon", "Little Biscuit", "Coconut Sweet", and "Push De Button". On Fabulous Phineas, Phineas Newborn is certainly fabulous – thanks in part to some great guitar work from his brother Calvin! The session's got a little extra "kick" than some of Phineas' other records from the time – a slightly rougher edge that comes from Calvin's raspy guitar work on most of the tunes – played in a way that steps along with the keys of the piano on the leads, but slides out on its own solos as the tunes roll on. Phineas himself is still boldly in charge of the record – playing in that grandly commanding way of his from the 50s – a style that often makes equal use of space as it does his striking the keys – very poised, but also still quite soulful as well. 2 tracks are solo numbers, and titles include "What's New", "Pamela", "45 Degree Angle", "Back Home", and "I'll Remember April". CD
(Out of print.)

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Anthony OrtegaAfternoon In Paris – Anthony Ortega Solos & Duos ... CD
Hatology (Switzerland), 2002/2005. Used ... $6.99
A beautiful illustration of the deep talents of Anthony Ortega – a player who still sounds as creative and inventive this late in his career as he did way back in the 50s and 60s! The bulk of the CD features Ortega in two settings – one, a batch of studio duets with bassist Kash Killion; the other a series of live solo performances, recorded in Paris by a video camera! The Killion duets have a wonderfully warm, round sound – acoustic bass set up next to Ortega's alto and flute, with a carefully structured approach that's extremely thoughtful, and almost poetic. The live solos have a much rougher sound – partly from the starkness of the video recording, but also because they represent Oretga taking it much more off the cuff – just spinning things out on alto sax with a sound that's a fair bit like the old days. And to cap things off – speaking of the old days – the CD closes with one more duet from the 60s – a track that has Ortega and bassist Chuck Domanico playing together from an older Revelation session, appearing here for the first time ever! That track is a long version of "Ornithology", and other titles include "Ask Me Now", "Jupiter", "Blue Monk", "I'll Remember April", "Now's The Time", and "Open Spaces". CD

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Patti PageLet's Get Away From It All ... LP
Mercury, 1957. Very Good ... $3.99
A travel-themed set from Patti Page – and a pretty darn great one at that! Patti nicely shakes off some of cliches here – working with full, jazzy backings, and often hitting sounds that are a bit more mature than on her familiar pop numbers – modes that nicely match the global scenes and locales featured in most of the tunes. And while the gimmick is a relatively common one for 50s vocal dates, the mix of worldly tunes really does wonders with Patti – making the set a real standout in her Mercury catalog. Titles include "Mississippi Mud", "South Of The Border", "April In Paris", "Just A Little Bit South Of North", "Basin Street Blues", "Let's Get Away From It All", and "Under Paris Skies". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a bubble under the gloss, along the spine.)

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerGold Collection ... CD
Deja Vu (Italy), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used ... $3.99
Includes "Night In Tunisia", "Ko Ko", "Dizzy Atmosphere", "Out Of Nowhere", "Orinthology", "April In Paris", "Easy To Love", "Happy Bird Blues", "Cool Blues", and more. CD

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✨✧ Bud PowellBud Powell Trio ... LP
Roost (Japan), 1958. Very Good+ ... $18.99
Seminal sounds from the great Bud Powell – recorded right at an early moment when the pianist was bursting into Birdland fame – working here with a key trio that features Curley Russell on bass and a young Max Roach on drums! Bud seems to have a bit more color in his keys here than in later years – a sense of tone that's balanced by his increasingly deft flights on the keys – that amazing command of imagination and energy that makes a record like this one of the best bold statements of modernism from the bop generation. Many tunes are older standards, but transformed in Bud's hands – partly given a nod to the midtown modes from other players of the postwar years, then completely dismantled once the solos take off. Titles include "Buds Bubble", "Burt Covers Bud", "Off Minor", "I Should Care", "I'll Remember April", and "Everything Happens To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Older Japanese pressing, in a flipback cover. Cover has some light aging on the back, and a small bit of Japanese text in pen.)

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PrinceOne Nite Alone – Live! ... CD
NPG, 2002. Used 2CD ... $24.99
Wonderful live work from Prince – the only official concert album ever issued by the man during his life, and a great testament to the way that his genius kept on burning bright on stage – even when he wasn't always knocking it out of the park in the studio! There's a fair bit of material here from later years, but also some classics mixed into the set – and the work often emphasizes the jazzier side of Prince's style – partly through his evolved musicianship, but also in the way the tunes come together with an even more sophisticated vibe than the early years. Titles include "Rainbow Children", "Muse 2 The Pharoah", "Extraordinary", "One Nite Alone", "Wanna B Ur Lover", "Do Me Baby", "Diamonds & Pearls", "When U Were Mine", "Mellow", "1+1+1 Is 3", "Nothing Compares 2 U", and "Sometimes It Snows In April". CD
(Includes the first two discs from the original One Nite Alone box set. Discs come in a single jewel case with a standard sized booklet that includes photos and track list.)

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RoctoberIssue #43 ... Magazine
Roctober, 2006. New Copy ... $4.99
Interviews with songwriter Paul Williams (focussing on his soundtracks to Phantom of the Paradise and The Muppet Movie), Chicago R&B radio legend La Donna Tittle, Chuck Dukowski (Black Flag, CD6), blues guitarist Walter Trout (Canned Heat), pop vocalist April March, Franco-genius Bertrand Burgalat, Mecca Normal, and Nardwuar versus Afrika Bambaataa. Plus Jobriath, Def Leppard, a lushly illustrated history of Studio One, archival Pedro Bell cartoons, Johnny Cash, Fats Domino, Voivod, Syd Barrett, Arthur Lee, Johnny Thunders, and over 1000 poorly written record reviews! Magazine

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✨✧ Red RodneyBird Lives! (2nd cover) ... LP
Muse, 1973. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Charlie Parker may live again in the title of this set – but given the strengths of the group, the album would be great even without a reference to Bird! The setting's a bop one, as you'd guess – but there's also a lot more going on here too, given that some of the tunes are longer and open – and almost show some of the maturation of all the players on the date – especially saxophonist Charles McPherson and pianist Barry Harris, both of whom got their start with boppish ideas, but who were really branching out by the time of this early 70s session. The quintet also features some excellent rhythm from Sam Jones on bass and Roy Brooks on drums – both players who bring plenty of fresh ideas to the table – and Red Rodney's work on trumpet has lots of earthy notes that show a strong sense of personality too. Titles include "Big Foot", "I'll Remember April", "Donna Lee", "Chasing The Bird", "Round Midnight", and "52nd Street Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Cover has a cutout notch, light wear and aging, bumped corner, and a radio station stamp on front.)

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Paul SimonSimon Before Garfunkel – Recorded In 1964 ... LP
CBS (Japan), 1964. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $44.99
A fantastic early chapter in the solo career of Paul Simon – an unusual 60s album made away from Art Garfunkel, and only released in the UK at the time! Word has it that Paul was never happy with the record, but we find it to be amazing – and this surprising link between his young talents and the growing wave of British folk geniuses, like John Renbourn, Bert Jansch, or John Martyn – as Paul mostly sings and plays guitar with very little in the way of other instrumentation – transforming the familiar songs recorded by Simon & Garfunkel into material that might be more at home on Transatlantic Records during the same time – very personal, very moody, and surprisingly dark overall. Titles include "Patterns", "He Was My Brother", "A Most Peculiar Man", "Sound Of Silence", "A Church Is Burning", "April Come She Will", "Leaves That Are Green", "Flowers Never Ben With The Rainfall", and "A Simple Desultory Philippic". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear – vinyl is great! Includes insert.)

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Hamleto StamatoPonte Aerea ... CD
Fina Flor (Brazil), 2016. Used ... $7.99
Features versions of "A Ra", "Coisa No 2", "Berimbau", "April Child", and "Girl From Ipanema". CD

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Cal TjaderMambo With Tjader (2nd cover) ... LP
Fantasy, 1954. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
Early Latin from the great Cal Tjader – proof that he had a wonderful ear for this sort of a groove, even when he was just getting started! The album's a killer batch of jazzy mambos all the way through – served up with hard-edged vibes from Cal, all nicely chromatic in tone – plus rhythm from a combo that includes Beny Velarde on timbales, Manuel Duran on piano, Carlos Duran on bass, and Edgard Rosales on conga. Tracks are short, but the mambo groove makes for plenty of nice jazz touches – and Cal's vibes ring out loud and clear with a tone that's almost bolder than in later years! Titles include "Lucero", "Autumn Leaves", "Tenderly", "Mamblues", "Cherry", "I'll Remember April", and "Bye Bye Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing.)

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✨✧ Ike & Tina TurnerWhat You Hear Is What You Get – Live At Carnegie Hall ... CD
United Artists/EMI, 1971. Used ... $8.99
The Ike & Tina Turner Revue shakes the foundation at Carnegie Hall on April Fools Day, 1971! There's a good reason for there being so many live albums by Ike & Tina – it's because they're damn great on stage – and this NYC set is a strong showcase for The Ikettes and The Kings Of Rhythm, too! The group was riding a peak wave of popularity around this time, and they cover a wide variety of songs in a set that's masterfully-paced – starting out slow and building up intensity as it goes! Titles include the Ikettes-led "Piece Of My Heart" and "Everyday People", the thunderous Tina intro "Doin' The Tina Turner", "Sweet Soul Music", "Proud Mary", "I Smell Trouble", "Ike's Tune", "I Want To Take You Higher", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", "Respect" and more. CD
(Out of print, EMI Heart Of Soul Series. BMG club pressing.)

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Ike & Tina TurnerWhat You Hear Is What You Get – Live At Carnegie Hall ... LP
United Artists, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $9.99
The Ike & Tina Turner Revue shakes the foundation at Carnegie Hall on April Fools Day, 1971! There's a good reason for there being so many live albums by Ike & Tina – it's because they're damn great on stage – and this NYC set is a strong showcase for The Ikettes and The Kings Of Rhythm, too! The group was riding a peak wave of popularity around this time, and they cover a wide variety of songs in a set that's masterfully-paced – starting out slow and building up intensity as it goes! Titles include the Ikettes-led "Piece Of My Heart" and "Everyday People", the thunderous Tina intro "Doin' The Tina Turner", "Sweet Soul Music", "Proud Mary", "I Smell Trouble", "Ike's Tune", "I Want To Take You Higher", "I've Been Loving You Too Long", "Respect" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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Dinah WashingtonDinah Jams ... LP
EmArcy, 1955. Very Good- ... $19.99
One of the best jazz-based sessions recorded by Dinah Washington in the 50s – appropriately titled Dinah Jams, which is a pretty good reference to the feeling of the set! The sessions were recorded in a relatively relaxed, intimate feel – not necessarily as unbridled as a true jam session might be, but with a lot more interplay between the instrumentalists in the group than you might get on a typical 50s jazz session. And with horn players that include Cliford Brown, Harold Land, and Herb Geller – alongside rhythm by Junior Mance, Richie Powell, and Max Roach – you'd have to expect that there'd be some good interplay on the set! Titles include "I've Got You Under My Skin", "No More", "Darn That Dream", "You Go To My Head", and a nice open-ended version of "I'll Remember April"! LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue label drummer logo pressing with deep groove, in a cover with green text. Cover has a split bottom seam, a half split top seam, and light aging.)

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✨✧ Johnny WatsonI Cried For You ... LP
Cadet, Early 60s/Late 60s. Very Good ... $11.99
Fantastic Johnny "Guitar" Watson album, and one that features him playing no guitar at all! Instead, he plays piano, and with a nice bluesy style that sounds great. He sings mostly standards, but in a fantastic way that twists them inside out, and that gives them all these great soulful edges. Highlights include a slammin' fast bossa piano version of "I'll Remember April", plus excellent readings of "When Did You Leave Heaven" and "Polkadots & Moonbeams", and a seven minute version of "Misty". In a way, this is sort of like the stuff Isaac Hayes did on his early albums, when he took songs you knew, but he stretched and twisted them till they became his own property. A fantastic album all the way through. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono blue fade label pressing. Cover has ring & edge wear, a small cutout hole, and is lightly stained and wrinkled at the bottom 3 inches, with a mostly split bottom seam.)

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VariousCocktail Capers – Ultra Lounge Vol 8 ... CD
Capitol, Early 50s. Used ... $7.99
Includes music by Les Baxter, Al Caiola, Gloria Wood, Dave Pell, the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, Ernie Freeman, Si Zentner, Leroy Holmes, Cy Coleman, and April Stevens. CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousEarly Girls Vol 2 ... CD
Ace (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $8.99
Includes 28 tracks by Barbie Gaye, The Exciters, Ruby and The Romantics, Marcie Blane, Lesley Gore, Dinah Washington, Damita Jo, Ann-Margaret, April Stevens, The Chantels, and The Blossoms. CD

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✨✧ Count BasieBasie In Sweden ... LP
Roulette, 1962. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the most hard-hitting Count Basie albums from the Roulette Records years – and that's saying a lot, given the power of Basie at the time! The set was recorded in Sweden, with a kind of triple-time energy that really has the whole thing burning right from the start – as the group's driven onward by some bold work on drums from Louis Bellson – who's working here with a lineup that includes Frank Wess and Frank Foster on tenor, Marshall Royal on alto, and Thad Jones on trumpet. There's a slight rawness to the recording – still as clear as other Roulette sessions, but with a bit more "liveness" too – a sense of place that really helps the performances sparkle. The whole thing's great – and titles include "Little Pony", "Plymouth Rock", "Backwater Blues", "Who Me", and "April In Paris". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing. Cover has some discoloration)

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✨✧ Clifford Brown & Max RoachLive At The Bee Hive ... LP
Columbia, 1955. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare slice of the career of this famous and short-lived jazz duo – tapes that were recorded in 1955 at the legendary Bee Hive niteclub in Chicago, but not issued until the end of the 70s, in this smashing 2LP set that was produced by Max himself! The material offers a strong contrast to the sometimes more staid work the pair recorded for Mercury before Brown's untimely death – as it features unbridled playing in a rougher environment than usual – and a break from the original format of the famous group, with only Roach, Brown, and bassist George Morrow intact – plus appearances from Chicagoans Nicky Hill on tenor, Billy Wallace on piano, and Leo Blevins on guitar. Sonny Rollins makes an early appearance on tenor – and titles include long versions of "Walkin", "Cherokee", "I'll Remember April", and "Woody N You". If you've ever wondered what hard bop sounded like to the average crowd at the time of its popularity, this is the record to dig! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Clifford Brown & Max RoachPure Genius Vol 1 ... LP
Elektra, 1956/1982. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Absolutely burning live recording of Brownie's group co led with Max Roach, and also featuring Sony Rollins. This set features some the group's best playing, limited only by the mediocre sound quality of the recording. Great extended takes on "I'll Remember April", 'What's New", "Daahoud", "Lover Man" and "52nd Street Theme". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Sammy Davis Jr with Sam Butera & The WitnessesWhen The Feeling Hits You – Recorded Wild In Las Vegas ... LP
Reprise, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Sam Butera and the Witnesses are mostly heard backing up Louie Prima, and we're not sure how they managed to hook up with Sammy, but the result is a great set of tracks that has a lot more "umph!" than some of Sammy's other Reprise sides. The group is tight and jazzy, and even though the track list is mostly standards, the whole thing swings nicely – even the ballads! Titles include "Don't Cry Joe", "When The Feeling Hits You", "Cry Me A River", "April In Paris", and "I Should Care". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono tri-color label pressing.)

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✨✧ Eric DolphyBerlin Concerts ... CD
Enja/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Wonderful work by Dolphy – as essential to his catalog as any of his albums on Prestige from the same time! Although Dolphy broke plenty of musical barriers in the studio, to our ears, it was always in a live setting that he sounded best – freely exploring the kind of space his playing opened up, hitting notes that were more soulful and spiritual than many that he ever recorded on his studio sides. This set is a perfect example of that trend – as Dolphy's working here with a strong straight jazz combo, one that includes the great Benny Bailey on trumpet, in a set that features familiar tunes, turned into haunting explorations of Dolphy's new jazz idiom. One of the highlights is an incredible 15 minute version of Randy Weston's "Hi Fly", with Dolphy doing great work on flute – and other tunes include "Hot House", "Geewee", "When Lights Are Low", "I'll Remember April", and "The Meeting". CD
(Part of the Enja Real Jazz Classics series!)

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✨✧ Kurt EllingMessenger ... CD
Blue Note, 1997. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Early genius from Kurt Elling – one of Blue Note's best vocal signings of the 90s, and a richly talented singer who's still not well understood by many audiences! The set's got Kurt doing a bit of everything he does great – completely transforming old standards like "Nature Boy" and "April In Paris"; coming up with new lyrics for harder jazz numbers, like Jimmy Heath's "Gingerbread Boy" or Donald Byrd's "Tanya Jean"; and working through compelling original material that includes "It's Just A Thing", "Endless", and "The Messenger". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ella Fitzgerald & Louis ArmstrongElla & Louis ... CD
Verve, Late 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic duets between Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong – done in a sweet mode that only could have been handled by Verve in the 50s! Backings are in a nice small combo mode – with Armstrong on both trumpet and vocals – and Ella and Louis carry most of the set with their great vocal interplay – warm, personal, and pretty darn charming – in a mode that should be hokey, but comes across great, thanks to the quality of both vocalists! Titles include "April In Paris", "Can't We Be Friends", "Isn't This A Lovely Day", "Under A Blanket Of Blue", and "A Foggy Day". CD
(Verve Master Edition. NOTE: this copy is missing the booklet.)

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✨✧ Al HaigJazz Will O The Wisp (Everest) ... LP
Counterpoint/Everest, 1957. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Obscure trio material from pianist Al Haig – recorded later than most of his more famous bop sides, with a trio that includes Bill Crow on bass and Lee Abrams on drums. The setting is pretty open ended on most tunes – with Haig playing solo on 3 numbers, and the rhythm team joining in gracefully, but still letting Al take the lead on the other tracks. Titles include "Royal Garden Blues", "Isn't It Romantic", "If I Should Lose You", "On The Alamo", "My Old Flame", and "April In Paris". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and aging, bumped corners, a very light stain and a bit of pencil on back, and some seam splitting.)

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✨✧ Barry HarrisLive In Tokyo (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Xanadu, 1976. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great live set from pianist Barry Harris – material recorded on the same date that gave us the excellent Live In Tokyo album from reedman Charles McPherson – but done in a very different way that shows that Barry's clearly the leader on these tracks! The rhythm duo is wonderful – the mighty Sam Jones on bass and Leroy Williams on drums – players who can crackle when Harris wants them to, yet also lay back and give Barry lots of spacious territory to work some incredibly deft, personal magic on the keys. The sound almost takes us back to the initial Harris recordings of the early 60s, but also has some of those colors that would flow even more freely in some of his sessions for the Japanese market – on titles that include "I'll Remember April", "Fukai Aijo", "A Soft Spot", "Round Midnight", and "Un Poco Loco". CD features four bonus tracks too – two versions of "Ornithology", plus "Like Someone In Love" and "Night In Tunisia", both nice and long! CD

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✨✧ Coleman HawkinsHawk In Paris ... LP
Vik, 1956. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Well, Hawk isn't really in Paris on this one – as the album was recorded in New York, with backings by Manny Albam – but the spirit of Paris is very much alive on the tunes, which are a mixture of postwar French favorites, and others that have a similar sound. Albam's backings are light and gentle, and Hawkins tenor dominates all tracks, blowing easily and soulfully on well-placed solos. Titles include "La Chnouf", "April In Paris", "Mon Homme", "Under Paris Skies", "I Love Paris", and "La Mer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Billie HolidayAll Or Nothing At All ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful Billie from the last years of her life. The material was recorded in 1956 and 1957 in Hollywood, featuring Barney Kessel, Ben Wesbster, Harry Edison, and Jimmy Rowles – all grooving nicely in small group formation. The tracks have a wonderfully fragile quality – and although standards, are still some of Billie's nicest work for Verve. Titles include "April In Paris", "All Or Nothing At All", "We'll Be Together Again", and "But Not For Me". Great David Stone Martin cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album
(MGM stereo pressing. Cover has a small cut corner, a small split on the spine, and some light wear.)

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✨✧ Ahmad JamalAt His Very Best ... CD
Pair (UK), 1970s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tracks include "Like Someone In Love", "April In Paris", "Second Time Around", "But Not For Me", "Moonlight In Vermont" and "Poinciana" – 17 cuts in all. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ahmad JamalHeat Wave ... LP
Cadet, 1966. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
This mid 60s set for Cadet finds Jamal and his trio, featuring Jamil Nasser on bass and Frank Gant on drums playing it cool despite the title – which is actually the Irving Berlin penned lead track. Other tracks include a rendition of Sonny Rollins' "St. Thomas", the latin-tinged "Misty", "April In Paris", "Allison", "Maybe September", and "The Girl Next Door". LP, Vinyl record album
(Blue fade label stereo pressing, with deep groove. Cover has light wear. Vinyl plays with a short click on "Allison".)

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✨✧ Wynton MarsalisStandard Time Vol 1 ... LP
Columbia, 1987. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
With Marcus Roberts on piano – and titles that include "Caravan", "A Foggy Day", "Cherokee", "April In Paris", "New Orleans", "Soon All Will Know", and "Autumn Leaves". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Thelonious MonkLive In Paris – 16 Avril 1961 ... CD
Fremeaux & Associates (France), 1961. New Copy 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from Thelonious Monk – a superbly-recorded live set from early 60s Paris – done with his legendary quartet with Charlie Rouse on tenor! The music here is wonderful – tracks that are often quite long, and stretched out nicely from the Columbia Records material by the group – with especially long improvisations by Monk that really reignite our respect for his genius – and the kind of soulful solos from Rouse that are always a perfect match! The bass of John Ore is beautifully recorded too – maybe even more powerful here than usual – and Frankie Dunlop completes the group with wonderfully deft work on drums. Titles include "Nutty", "Bemsha Swing", "Evidence", "Body & Soul", "I Mean You", "Epistrophy", "Just A Gigolo", "April In Paris", "Crepuscule With Nellie", "Jakie-ing", and "Off Minor". CD

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✨✧ Charlie ParkerHappy Bird ... CD
Charlie Parker/Collectables, 1951. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Titles include long versions of "I Remember April", "I May Be Wrong", and "Scrapple From The Apple" – plus the shorter "Happy Bird Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sun RaExotica ... CD
Modern Harmonic, Late 50s/1960s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic take on the music of Sun Ra – a set that looks at the way his sounds dovetailed with the exotica movement in American music of the postwar years! Given that he claimed to be from outer space, Ra was already pretty darn exotic himself – but his music also arose at a time when artists like Martin Denny and Les Baxter were taking global sounds and fusing them into more mainstream American music, including jazz – with results that have become legendary over the years! And while Denny, Baxter, and other contemporaries were more involved with mood music, Ra was part of a generation of jazz musicians – such as Yusef Lateef or Wilbur Harden – who were working a richer vein of the territory for jazz – as you'll hear in these wonderful tracks. The set brings together key sides from the earliest Ra recordings, plus some unissued material too – done in the really great style of the other Modern Harmonic reissues in recent years. Unissued titles include "April In Paris", "Paradise", "Star Bright", "Spontaneous Simplicity", "Somewhere In Space", and "Cha Cha In Outer Space" – and other titles include "Overtones Of China", "Tiny Pyramids", "The Nile (part 1)", "Kingdom Of Thunder", "Ancient Aiethopia", "India", "Friendly Galaxy", and "Africa" – plus the complete version of "Island In The Sun". CD

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✨✧ Lennie TristanoNew York Improvisations ... LP
Elektra, 1955/1956. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
80s release of some rare sessions cut at Tristano's private Manhattan studio in the mid 50s, featuring spare trio tracks with Peter Ind on bass and Tom Weyburn on drums. The album is an essential chapter in Tristano's under-recorded career, and the tracks are a delight all the way through. Titles include "I'll Remember April", "Manhattan Studio", "Momentum", and "Mean To Me". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, a cutout notch and a braille sticker on the back.)

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✨✧ Albert AylerSomething Different – The First Recordings Vol 1 & 2 ... CD
Go Bop (Germany), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Early work by avant saxophone genius Albert Ayler – and very very striking! The setting is very spare, with only bass and drums backing Ayler up – and the way the album is mixed, Ayler's solos dominate the tracks in a way that isn't always the case with some of the more group-driven later work. His tone is amazing even in this early date of 1962 – and he completely blows away the other two players on the set, drummer Sune Spangberg and bassist Torbjorn Hulcrantz. The set was first recorded by the small Swedish label Bird Notes, and it's the beginning of a longtime love affair that Swedish modernists had with Ayler's tone and playing – a love affair that runs up to the current avant garde that includes Mats Gustafsson. Includes a mindblowing reworking of "I'll Remember April", plus versions of "Rollins Tune", "Good Bait", "Moanin", "Softly As In A Morning Sunrise", "Tune Up", and Ayler's own "Free". CD

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✨✧ Count Basie & Joe WilliamsCount Basie Swings, Joe Williams Sings ... LP
Clef, 1955. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Count Basie plays the piano and Joe Williams sings in his bluesy way and they are backed by a slew of musicians who include Thad Jones on trumpet, Ben Powell on trombone, Frank Foster on tenor saxophone, Sonny Payne on drums and many, many others. Frank Foster did all of the arrangements and the tracks include Williams' "My Baby Upsets Me", "Ev'ry Day", "April In Paris", and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s mono Japanese Polydor pressing, UMV-2591.)

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✨✧ Dorothy DoneganSwingin Jazz In Hi Fi ... LP
Regina, Late 50s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A sweet set from Chicago-born pianist Dorothy Donegan – with titles that include "On Green Dolphin Street", "April In Paris", "Bumble Boogie", "Ill Wind", and "Lullaby Of Birdland". LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing – vinyl is nice and clean.)

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✨✧ Brian HylandStay & Love Me All Summer ... LP
Dot, Late 60s. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
Incredible work from Brian Hyland – one of the under-rated pop geniuses of the 60s! Brian's a lot older here than on his earlier hits – singing in a strange take on sunshine pop, one that's got some nice undercurrents of sadness that you really wouldn't expect – with these unusual downturnings of the lyrics, in a way that makes even the brighter moments seem filled with loss and longing. The set was produced in sweeping Gold Star majesty by Ray Ruff, arranged in mysterious circumstances by "Dick Hieronymus", and features the titles "Stay & Love Me All Summer", "Just A Dream", "Rainy April Morning", "You Mean Everything To Me", "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me", and "You Put Me Down". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light surface wear and a spot of adhesive residue.)

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✨✧ Hideto KanaiQ ... CD
Three Blind Mice/Craftman (Japan), 1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Boldly visionary work from bassist Hideto Kanai – a session of unusual numbers that often have a deeply poetic feel! Kanai's bass is clearly at the helm of the record – stepping out sparely at the start of some numbers – then punctuating the proceedings with a strong voice that urges on some of the more sensitive players. Instrumentation varies from track to track – but includes alto sax, trumpet, xylophone, guitar, flute, and baritone sax – all offered up without any piano, which creates even more of a sense of space for solo expression. Titles include "Kaleidoscope", "Meditation", "A", and "April Song For Kanai". CD
(Part of the Three Blind Mice Supreme Collection!)

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✨✧ Michel LegrandLegrand Piano – I Love Paris ... CD
Columbia, 1954. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sparkling postwar musical fantasy of Paris – one made up of a host of famous themes from French pop music of the 20th century, all set to lush string arrangements by a young Michel Legrand! The album's not as upbeat or jazzy as some of Legrand's later soundtrack work, but it's got a wonderful quality all its own – a warmly romantic vision of a Paris that was still putting the pieces back together less than a decade after WWII, presented in a way that glosses sweet sounds over darker corners with a vaguely eerie feel. The record instantly made Legrand an international favorite, and features "The Last Time I Saw Paris", "Paris Canaille", "Autumn Leaves", "A Paris", "La Vie En Rose", "Under Paris Skies", and "April In Paris. CD

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✨✧ Art MatthewsIt's Easy To Remember (Matra) ... LP
Matra, 1978. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
One of the only 70s sessions cut as a leader by pianist Art Matthews – and sweet little set that's overflowing with soul! The tracks are long and freely flowing – somewhat righteous, but never too far out – and mostly in a style that's inspired by McCoy Tyner, but which also features some of the groovier elements of Ronnie Matthews (any relation?) Art's group here is all wonderful – with Dizzy Reece on trumpet, both Archie Shepp and Bill Pierce on tenor, Charles Farmbrough on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums – all working together in formation that's somewhat tight, but in ways that are completely different from mainstream bigger label jazz at the time. The set's got a very open, fluid feel – yet never gets free at all – and titles include "Samba Ebony", "5/4 Thing", "Love Dreams", "I'll Remember April", and "It's Easy To Remember". LP, Vinyl record album
(Back cover has light aging.)

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✨✧ Dannie RichmondDannie Richmond (aka Jazz A Confronto) ... LP
Horo/CAM (Japan), 1976. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Charles Mingus' longtime drummer – working here in a rare set as a leader, leading a group with a number of other from Mingus alumni, including Don Pullen on piano, George Adams on tenor, and Jack Walrath on trumpet – along with Billy Harper's bassist, David Friesen. Side two has a long beautiful Richmond original called "I Told You So", and side one features three more originals – "Waltz for Tamia", "April Denise", and "Neata Babe Boogie". One of the better sides issued on Horo, and not easy to find! LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing, with obi! Cover has a small cutout mark, and a small mark on the front.)

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✨✧ Lucky ThompsonBrown Rose ... LP
Xanadu, 1956. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Some of Lucky Thompson's most obscure recordings from the Paris scene of the mid 50s – a great complement to the better-known material issued on other CDs over the years! The conditions here are similar to those – in that Thompson's working in well-chosen groups with drummer Dave Pochonet, in tightly arranged nonet formation, but in a way that still has Lucky's solo work center stage. The sound is totally great – with lots of those raspy, earthy tones that we love in Thompson's work – and the other players often just complement Lucky in the background, almost as if they were recorded at a slightly lower level. LP features 12 tracks from sessions recorded March 29 and April 17, 1956 – titles that include "Once Upon A Time", "A Sunkissed Rose", "Still Waters", "Brown Rose", "Portrait Of Django", "Distant Sound", "Quick As A Flash", "The Parisian Knight", "Street Scene", and "To You Dear One". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some very light wear – vinyl is great.)

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✨✧ Basso Valdambrini Octet with Lars GullinNew Sound From Italy ... LP
Jolly/BTF (Italy), 1959. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A definite new sound from Italy – served up by one of the hippest groups on the scene at the time! The combo of trumpeter Oscar Valdambrini and tenorist Gianni Basso was easily one of the best of their generation – and here, they're working in a slightly expanded octet mode that features guest work from Swedish baritone sax giant Lars Gullin! The album's great proof of Gullin's ability to slide into any sort of a setting – and his baritone provides a great bottom to the already-dextrous horn interplay between Basso and Valdambrini. Gullin arranged about half the numbers in the set – the rest were scored by George Gruntz or Piero Umiliani – and titles include "Blues For Gassman", "Indiana", "Fascinating Rhythm", "There Will Never Be Another You", "How About You", and "Peter Of April". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Wolfgang Muthspiel/Scott Colley/Brian BladeAngular Blues ... LP
ECM (Germany), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A record that's maybe one of the most tuneful, lyrical we've ever heard from guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel – and that may have a lot to do with the wonderful help in the trio from Scott Colley on bass and Brian Blade on drums! The tunes still have some of the abstract qualities of Muthspiel's other work, and certainly continue his very distinct exploration of color and tone – but there's this sparkle, almost a sense of joy about most of the numbers – very present when things are grooving and moving fast, but also really there in a sense of subtle bounce when they're a bit more mellow. The quality's a bit hard to describe, but it's there right from the start, and holds up beautifully throughout – on titles that include "Wondering", "Angular Blues", "Everything I Love", "Kanon In 6/8", "I'll Remember April", "Ride", and "Camino". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ PlaceboOnly 19 EP (Planes/Only Nineteen/Showbiz Suite) ... LP
P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The first-ever vinyl appearance of these stunning live tracks by the legendary jazz funk group Placebo – music pulled from their Three Days In April concert performance from 1973! The group are really on fire – and turn in a hard-driving performance that's heavy on Fender Rhodes from the legendary Marc Moulin – who has this way of playing that makes his keyboard lines all nice and chunky, and a perfect fit for the funky drums and tight horns on the tunes! The group's a septet, with two trumpets, two saxes, bass, and drums – all kicking out a great groove for the Rhodes, on tunes that include "Showbiz Suite", "Only Nineteen", and "Planes". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Sarah VaughanSarah Vaughan (180 gram pressing) ... LP
EmArcy, 1955. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A jazz vocal masterpiece from Sarah Vaughn – one of her greatest albums ever, and a record that raised the bar for countless vocal sessions in years to come! Sarah's working here in an intimate group arranged by Ernie Wilkins – filled with famous trumpet solo work by Clifford Brown, during his last few years on the planet - plus tenor from Paul Quinichette, flute from Herbie Mann, and piano from Jimmy Jones. Sarah's vocals are incredible – curving, turning, and lilting with a tremendous amount of jazz-based inflection – and titles include "Lullaby Of Birdland", "April In Paris", "September Song", "He's My Guy", and "I'm Glad There Is You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Verve Acoustic Sounds Series!)

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✨✧ Billy Wooten with Richard Groove HolmesPlace To Start ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A lost chapter of genius from vibes player Billy Wooten – and a great one too! The set's a rare outing with Hammond giant Groove Holmes – laid out nicely here in a quartet setting that offers up plenty of Billy's great vibes mixed with the organ – in a mode that's very different than anything else Wooten ever recorded, and which really takes us back to the best soul jazz years of 60s Prestige Records! The group also features great tenor from Jimmy Coe – a player we don't really know at all – and drums from Jozell Carter, who works nicely with the rhythms from Holmes' work on the Hammond. Titles include "Blue Bossa", "Bags", "Groove's Blues", "It's A Groove Thing", and "I Remember April". CD

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✨✧ Serge ChaloffBuvette Jazz Club – Rock Island, February 1953 ... CD
Uptown, 1953. Used ... Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from baritone saxophonist Serge Chaloff – one of a few key players who helped reinvent the role of his instrument in jazz during the postwar years – but one who only made a handful of records before his too-early death! This live performance really corrects the lack of entries in the Chaloff catalog – and it really stands as a nice contrast to the more composed vibe of his Capitol albums – as the tracks are long and open, and Serge really blows us away with his imagination and power on the solos! The group's not an all-star one – Jerry Murphy on piano, Al Dimino on bass, and Don Sheldon on drums – but Chaloff hardly lets that get in the way, as he steps out front right from the start, and blows beautifully on both the swingers and ballads – with a depth and dexterity that most folks would usually only hit on the tenor. Titles include "Ninety Nine Guys", "Wildwood", "Move", "Tea For Two", "I'll Remember April", "Love Is Just Around The Corner", and "Willow Weep For Me". CD

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✨✧ Kayo IshuLiving Scat Elegance ... CD
Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969/1971. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful little CD – especially if you like dreamy French soundtrack work from the 60s! Kayo Ishu sings a variety of tunes from famous 60s soundtracks, but about a quarter of the set is work by the mighty Francis Lai – done in a moody, mellow style that's right in keeping with his original work – and which features floating wordless vocals on nearly every track! The CD brings together tunes from 2 albums by Kayo – both of them in a similar mode, floating along in soundtracky magicalness! Titles include "13 Jours En France", "Rargo", "Vivre La Nuit", "Twenty Ten", "La Rein De Saba", "Le Passager De Pluie", "The Red Tent", "Du Soleil Plein Les Yeux", "The April Fools", and "La Lecon Particulier". CD
(Part of the "Nippon Jazz Spirits 48" series!)

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✨✧ Jed & LuciaSuperhuman Heart ... CD
Ubiquity, 2010. Used ... Out Of Stock
Warm Cali folk and acoustic pop songcraft blended quite harmoniously with subtle electonics from Jed & Lucia – the duo's debut for Ubiquity! We wouldn't blame you of experience a bit of a chill at the thought of "folktronica" – but Jed & Lucia get it right – first and foremost, with good songs and melodies that sink right in. Their songs suggest a love of 60s & early 70s Cali folk rock & pop (a full range of Cali love, from the So Cal to the Bay) – with breezy, delicately spacey washes of electronic embellishments. Titles include "April Showers", "The Park", "You Were Made Of Stone", "Coin Falls On Pavement", "On Lockdown", "A Second Later", "Hand Out", "California", "Vapors", "Superhuman Heart" and more. CD

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✨✧ Tony PerkinsTony Perkins ... LP
Epic, 1957. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
A really wonderful first album from Anthony Perkins – cut years before he shocked the screen in Psycho, at a time when he was arguably more committed to his role as a singer! Perkins is surprisingly great throughout – with a mellow, masculine approach that's a bit like Matt Dennis at the time – never overdone, but with just the right sort of inflections to really personalize the music. Tony never tries to belt it out of the park, and that's what we really like about the record – in that he's a much more honest, understated singer – a nice contrast to some of the more emotive talents on the charts at the time. Marty Paich provides the backing – in a great jazzy style that's similar to his work with Mel Torme – and titles include "April Fool", "Hit The Road To Dreamland", "How Long Has This Been Going On", "But Beautiful", "I Wish I Knew", "Accidents Will Happen", and "Better Luck Next Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has soome aging and a peeled spot in the top right.)
 
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✨✧ Pat MethenyPat Metheny Group ... LP
ECM, 1978. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A near-legendary album from Pat Metheny – the real birth of the "Metheny sound" on record, and a perfect example of the magically fluid groove that he crafted with keyboardist Lyle Mays! The sound here is hard to describe – and even harder when you try to pick out the individual keyboard and guitar bits – because the overall feel of the record is so well wrapped up and lyrically together, yet manages to do so without falling into any too-slick styles or cliched approaches to fusion. We're stunned at how much this one still delights us over the years, and the record still stands as a landmark in its field. Titles include "San Lorenzo", "Phase Dance", "Jaco", "Aprilwind", "Lonejack", and "Apriljoy". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Cover has lightly bumped corners.)
 
 
 



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