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Arthur BlytheBasic Blythe ... LP
Columbia, 1988. Near Mint- ... $6.99
Not exactly basic work from Arthur Blythe, as the set features an added string ensemble too – but a record that certainly has the saxophonist really hitting a whole new level of genius! There's a great core group here – with John Hicks on piano, Anthony Cox on bass, and Bobby Battle on drums – and the strings are added in around the edges, never getting to much in the way of the combo energy, but also fleshing out the sound with this beautiful richness that only seems to enhance the sharp tone of Arthur's alto sax! The arrangements are great, too – hardly the usual "with strings" material, and instead very creative – with this mix of soul and sophistication that reminds us a bit of the Bill Lee scores for early Spike Lee films, but even longer and with the key addition of Blythe in the lead. Titles include "Lenox Avenue Breakdown", "Faceless Woman", "Ruby My Dear", "Heart To Heart", and "As Of Yet". LP, Vinyl record album

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Arthur BlytheBush Baby ... LP
Adelphi, 1977. Near Mint- ... $16.99
A hip trio – Blythe on alto, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Ahmed Abdullah on conga! Titles include "For Fats", "Off The Top", and "Bush Baby". LP, Vinyl record album

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Arthur BlytheIllusions ... LP
Columbia, 1980. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Maybe the boldest of Arthur Blythe's albums for Columbia Records – as the set bristles with newly creative energy right from the start, and provides a great showcase for some of the criss-crossings of styles and rhythms that were taking place on the New York scene at the time! The lineup alone announces something special – a cool combination of James Blood Ulmer on guitar, John Hicks on piano, Fred Hopkins on bass, Abdul Wadud on cello, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Steve McCall on drums – working together in some slight variations at times, often with these angular edges that are perfectly sharpened by Arthur's amazing work on alto sax. The music's never too free, but quite outside for a major label at the time – balanced out so that it's never overindulgent at all. Titles include "Bush Baby", "Miss Nancy", "My Son Ra", and "Carespin With Mamie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some aging and a partially unglued top seam.)

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Arthur BlytheLenox Avenue Breakdown ... LP
Columbia, 1979. Near Mint- ... $24.99
A stunning Columbia Records debut from Arthur Blythe – recorded at a time when the label was really sinking its teeth back into quality jazz, and helping artists like Arthur get some great new exposure! At the time of the date, Blythe had already spent years working in the jazz undergrounds on both coasts – developing a searing sound on alto sax that's perfect for the focused structure of this album – almost a tone poem of sorts, offering up a portrait of the Harlem scene that was a key part of Arthur's life at the time. The sounds are sharp, but also have a sense of energy that really holds them together – guiding the players through long readings of well-penned tunes by Blythe that are filled with loads of energy and life! Players include James Newton on flute, James Blood Ulmer on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, Cecil McBee on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums, and Guillermo Franco on percussion – and titles include "Odessa", "Slidin Through", "Down San Diego Way", and "Lenox Avenue Breakdown". LP, Vinyl record album

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Arthur BlytheLight Blue – Arthur Blythe Plays Thelonious Monk ... LP
Columbia, 1983. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A wonderful record from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – a set that features his group working through a number of tunes by Thelonious Monk – but with very different arrangements and instrumentation that change things up completely! The set came at a time when Monk was receiving a lot of new attention in the world of jazz, and at a time when Arthur's star had risen too – and the meeting of forces is wonderful – as Blythe brings all sorts of new rhythms and tonal combinations to play with familiar tunes that really transform in the process. The group is a familiar one for Blythe – and features Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Bobby Battle on drums! And while you might scratch your head at the tuba, the instrument is often used in ways that might follow older bassline styles – but with a quality that bridges the alto and cello in a great way. Titles include "Nutty", "Coming On The Hudson", "Light Blue", "Epistrophy", and "We See". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Arthur BlytheElaborations/Light Blue/Put Sunshine In It ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), Early 80s. New Copy 2CD ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A trio of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – brought together in a 2CD set! First up is Elaborations – a beautiful moment in which the loft jazz generation really got a chance to shine in the mainstream – and mostly without any sense of overdone attempts at commercialization! The album's a great summation of all the ideas that reedman Arthur Blythe was cooking up in the 70s underground – performed here with a hip group that includes Blythe on alto, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Abdul Wadud on cello, Bobby Battle on drums, Bob Stewart on tuba, Wilbur Morris on bass, and Mohammad Abdullah on congas – some of them players who you might never have expected to be recording for Columbia Records! And yet the setting of the record doesn't interfere with their creativity at all – and instead, really seems to give Blythe and the group the sort of focus that only makes their ideas even better – on titles that include "Elaborations", "Metamorphosis", "Sister Daisy", "Shadows", and "The Lower Nile". Light Blue is a wonderful record from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – a set that features his group working through a number of tunes by Thelonious Monk – but with very different arrangements and instrumentation that change things up completely! The set came at a time when Monk was receiving a lot of new attention in the world of jazz, and at a time when Arthur's star had risen too – and the meeting of forces is wonderful – as Blythe brings all sorts of new rhythms and tonal combinations to play with familiar tunes that really transform in the process. The group is a familiar one for Blythe – and features Abdul Wadud on cello, Kelvyn Bell on guitar, Bob Stewart on tuba, and Bobby Battle on drums! And while you might scratch your head at the tuba, the instrument is often used in ways that might follow older bassline styles – but with a quality that bridges the alto and cello in a great way. Titles include "Nutty", "Coming On The Hudson", "Light Blue", "Epistrophy", and "We See". Put Sunshine In It is a record that really seems to live up to its title – as the sound here is maybe a little bit sunnier than on some of Arthur Blythe's previous albums! The record features heavy contributions from Todd Cochran – aka Bayete – who plays keyboards on most numbers, and introduces more of an electric vibe to the album than previous Blythe outings. The style isn't entirely fusion, but it's definitely warm and sunny – and Arthur responds as such with his solo work – a tight tighter and less edgey, but still nicely soulful. The album features a nice remake of the tune "Sentimental Walk" – from the movie Diva – plus the tracks "Uptown Strut", "Silhouette", "Put Sunshine In It", and "Tumalalumah". CD

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✨✧ Arthur BlytheDa Da/Basic Blythe ... CD
Columbia/BGO (UK), 1986/1988. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A pair of 80s albums from saxophonist Arthur Blythe – back to back in a single set! Da Da is a set that mixes some of the sharper edges of Blythe's earlier records with a few more contemporary touches – but always at a level that still has the reedman standing far from the mainstream! The core group here features Olu Dara on trumpet, Cecil McBee on bass, John Hicks on piano, and Bobby Battle on drums – and on the acoustic tracks, there's some great energy between them that soars with a soulful spirit birthed in the loft jazz years, maybe swung a bit straighter than before. A few other tunes add in some extra elements – an electric bass on one number, some light strings on another – but the core of the album still has a magnificent focus on that tone that Blythe had only perfected even more on records like this, especially on the more laidback numbers, which come as a real surprise, and reflect a ballad style we might not have guessed in the early days. Titles include "Odessa", "Esquinas", "After Paris", "Crescent", and "Break Time". Next up is Basic Blythe – not exactly basic work from Arthur Blythe, as the set features an added string ensemble too – but a record that certainly has the saxophonist really hitting a whole new level of genius! There's a great core group here – with John Hicks on piano, Anthony Cox on bass, and Bobby Battle on drums – and the strings are added in around the edges, never getting to much in the way of the combo energy, but also fleshing out the sound with this beautiful richness that only seems to enhance the sharp tone of Arthur's alto sax! The arrangements are great, too – hardly the usual "with strings" material, and instead very creative – with this mix of soul and sophistication that reminds us a bit of the Bill Lee scores for early Spike Lee films, but even longer and with the key addition of Blythe in the lead. Titles include "Lenox Avenue Breakdown", "Faceless Woman", "Ruby My Dear", "Heart To Heart", and "As Of Yet". CD
 
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✨✧ Amiri Baraka (Leroi Jones)New Music-New Poetry ... LP
India Navigation, 1981. Near Mint- ... $49.99
This album was recorded live and features Baraka speaking poetry with David Murray and Steve McCall playing tenor sax, bass clarinet and drums in the background. The words and music compliment each other nicely and some of the titles follow in Baraka's usual political vein and they include "The Last Revolutionary (For Abbie Hoffman)", "Against Bourgeois Art", "I Love Music", "Dope", "Class Struggle in Music (Parts 1 & 2)", and "In Thje Tradition (For Black Arthur Blythe)". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the insert with poems. Cover has light surface wear, some light stains along the spine, and small peeled spots on back.)

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Ted DanielIn The Beginning ... CD
Altura, 1975. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic 70s material from trumpeter Ted Daniel – a hell of an artist in his own right, and one whose participation in the New York scene is finally given some documentation with releases like this! The set has Daniel working with some of his most important contemporaries, in two different groups – one a lineup that's heavy on saxophone work – from players who include David Murray, Charles Tyler, Arthur Blythe, Hassan Dawkins, Oliver Lake, and Kappu Umezu; the other a group with a slightly different lineup, which still includes Tyler and Dawkins, but also adds in trumpet from Ahmed Abdullah, trombone from Cahrles Stephens, and drums from Steve Reid! Both groups feature guitar from Melvin Smith and percussion from Tatsuya Nakamura – and compositions are by Lake, Blythe, Tyler, and Daniel – but all given that sense of bold, majestic energy that we usually find in Ted's performances of the time. Titles include "Hassan", "Illusions", "Folley", and "Greeting". CD

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✨✧ Chico HamiltonCatwalk ... LP
Mercury, 1977. Very Good+ ... $3.99
Not classic Chico – but a pretty darn nice album of fusion tracks, very much in the spirit of other Mercury jazz work from the 1976/1977 generation! The tracks have a nice riffing groove to them – with fast tight drums from Chico, souflul sax work by Arthur Blythe and Gary Gordon, and even some vocals on the "Theme From Big Blue Marble", a version of the old kid's show theme that really sounds a heck of a lot better than we remember! Other tracks include "The Baron", "We Make Music", "Forked Tongue", "Outrageous", and "Catwalk". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a bent corner at the bottom right.)

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LeadersMudfoot ... CD
Blackhawk, 1986. Used ... $12.99
One of the most successful albums from the 80s jazz supergroup The Leaders – an outfit named as such because each of its players headed up their own combos. The sextet features Kirk Lightsey on piano, Cecil McBee on bass, Don Moye on drums, Chico Freeman on saxes, Arthur Blythe on alto, and Lester Bowie on trumpet – and with a lineup like that, you can be sure there's a definite train of influences from the Chicago and St Louis spiritual and avant scenes of years past, all filtered into a tighter style that has that sort of 80s avant-crossing over approach. Titles include "Miss Nancy", "Elaborations", "Freedom Swing Song", "Song Of Her", and "Mudfoot". CD
(Out of print.)

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Steve ReidRhythmatism ... CD
Mustevic/Universal Sound (UK), 1974. Used ... $13.99
A fantastic mid 70s set led by drummer Steve Reid – fronting a group of players who groove tightly, but with a really sinister sound! Reid is an absolute steamroller on this set – laying down a fast-paced, super tight funky backdrop for the rest of the players to groove fluidly over the top. Three of the five tracks run well north of the 10 minute mark – and those pieces are strong as can be, providing just enough room for the players to lay out a groove that lies beautifully between the mid 60s avant garde of Ornette Coleman and the spiritual soul jazz of the mid 70s. The core group includes pianist Les Walker (who penned most of the material here), plus David Wertman on a wonderfully rubbery bass, Michael Keith on trombone and Arthur Blythe on alto sax – with guests Chris Capers (trumpet), Melvin Smith (guitar) and Charles Tyler (baritone sax) on "Center Of The Earth". Great stuff, with a really dark edge! Other tracks include "Kai", "Rocks (For Cannonball)", "C You Around", and "One Minute Please". CD
(Out of print.)

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Woody Shaw & Anthony BraxtonIron Men ... LP
Muse, 1981. Very Good+ ... $24.99
Shaw and Braxton are an unlikely pair of fronliners – as one's got a soulful modal style, and the other's a colder modernist – but they work surprisingly well together on this album, which mixes players throughout the album, by adding in Muhal Richard Abrams, Cecil McBee, Arthur Blythe, and Joe Chambers. Titles include "Diversion Two", "Song Of Songs", "Iron Man", and a haunting version of "Jitterbug Waltz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Horace TapscottGiant Is Awakened ... CD
Flying Dutchman/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1969. New Copy ... $13.99
An incredible album – one of the few rare early sides cut by pianist Horace Tapscott, a seminal figure in the LA underground of the 60s and 70s! The record is as pure Tapscott as you could ever get – experimental, but not too free; spiritual, but never too sappy; progressively political, but never overwrought – and Tapscott is playing with a strong quintet that includes Black Arthur Blythe on alto, David Bryant and Walter Savage on bass, and Everett Brown on drums. The lineup is great – and Blythe is a real revelation, with a tone and style that's different than some of his later work, but equally soulful – and the use of two basses makes for some wonderful rhythmic elements that really drive the modal energy of the music. The set includes an important early version of "The Dark Tree" – a modal groover that's one of Tapscott's lasting legacies – plus the tunes "Niger's Theme", "For Fats", and "The Giant Is Awakened". CD

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Horace TapscottGiant Is Awakened ... LP
Flying Dutchman/Real Gone, 1969. New Copy (reissue)... On August 21, 2020
An incredible album – one of the few rare early sides cut by pianist Horace Tapscott, a seminal figure in the LA underground of the 60s and 70s! The record is as pure Tapscott as you could ever get – experimental, but not too free; spiritual, but never too sappy; progressively political, but never overwrought – and Tapscott is playing with a strong quintet that includes Black Arthur Blythe on alto, David Bryant and Walter Savage on bass, and Everett Brown on drums. The lineup is great – and Blythe is a real revelation, with a tone and style that's different than some of his later work, but equally soulful – and the use of two basses makes for some wonderful rhythmic elements that really drive the modal energy of the music. The set includes an important early version of "The Dark Tree" – a modal groover that's one of Tapscott's lasting legacies – plus the tunes "Niger's Theme", "For Fats", and "The Giant Is Awakened". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Giant Is Awakened ... CD 13.99

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David Wertman Sun EnsembleEarthly Delights ... LP
Sweet Earth/BBE (UK), 1978. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $24.99 29.99
A classic of 70s avant spiritual jazz – issued on the tiny Sweet Earth label, which was also home to some very special records from Sun Ra and Marion Brown! Bassist David Wertman is a lot more obscure than those bigger names, but he was part of the New York loft jazz scene in those crucial mid 70s years – and had associations with Arthur Blythe, Billy Bang, Steve Reid, and other key members of the group – all heavyweights that Wertman can easily stand next to with the strength of the material on this set! The sounds here are a fantastic combination of larger ideas and more spontaneous creation – almost in an AACM mode, but a bit more spiritual overall – with David's bass at the helm of a group that includes David Swerdlove on alto and soprano sax, John Hagen on tenor and soprano, John Sprague on flutes, Greg Wall on baritone, and John Zieman on keyboards. Drummer Jay Conway really provides some great energy to keep things lively and moving – and titles include "Oh John Love Trane", "Clear Air Dancer", "Earthly Delights", and "Relations". LP, Vinyl record album

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World Saxophone Quartet with Fontella BassBreath Of Life ... CD
Elektra/Nonesuch, 1992. Used ... $6.99
Features Hamiet Bluiett, Arthur Blythe, Oliver Lake and David Murray – plus Amina Claudine Myers on organ and vocals from Fontella Bass! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Kenny Barron, Charles Earland, Rodney Franklin, etOne Night Stand – A Keyboard Event ... LP
Columbia, 1981. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great showcase for all the hip keyboardists working at Columbia Records at the time – Kenny Barron, Charles Earland, Rodney Franklin, George Duke, Herbie Hancock, Bob James, and Ramsey Lewis – plus appearances by Bobby Hutcherson and Arthur Blythe! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Julius HemphillCoon Bid'ness ... LP
Arista/Freedom, 1972. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Arista Freedom release of 2 different sessions by Julius Hemphill – one from 1975, with Arthur Blythe, Hamiet Bluiett, and Abdul Wadud; the other from 1972, with Bluiett, Wadud, and Baikida Carroll. The 1972 session's a bit more interesting, and was recorded in St. Louis by Oliver Sain (of all people!). It's one long track entitled "The Hard Blues", and has an excellent mix of styles, emotions, and voices – with all the players getting in some beautiful solo moments. The 1975 session's not too bad either, but it's just a little too self-consciously out, and lacks the warmth of the other piece. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ James NewtonAfrican Flower – The Music Of Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn ... CD
Blue Note, 1986. Used ... Out Of Stock
Flautist James Newton opens up the Ellington-Strayhorn songbook – with help from Arthur Blythe on alto sax, Roland Hanna on piano, Jay Hoggard on vibes, and Billy Hart and Pheeroan akLaff on drums. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ David SanbornHeart To Heart ... LP
Warner, 1978. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A slew of notable guests on this record, including Arthur Blythe, Steve Gadd, Richard Tee, Hiram Bullock, Ralph MacDonald, Hugh McCracken, Michael & Randy Brecker, George Adams, Jon Faddis, Howard Johnson, and Mike Mainieri. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker.)

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✨✧ Steve ReidRhythmatism ... CD
Mustevic/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic mid 70s set led by drummer Steve Reid – fronting a group of players who groove tightly, but with a really sinister sound! Reid is an absolute steamroller on this set – laying down a fast-paced, super tight funky backdrop for the rest of the players to groove fluidly over the top. Three of the five tracks run well north of the 10 minute mark – and those pieces are strong as can be, providing just enough room for the players to lay out a groove that lies beautifully between the mid 60s avant garde of Ornette Coleman and the spiritual soul jazz of the mid 70s. The core group includes pianist Les Walker (who penned most of the material here), plus David Wertman on a wonderfully rubbery bass, Michael Keith on trombone and Arthur Blythe on alto sax – with guests Chris Capers (trumpet), Melvin Smith (guitar) and Charles Tyler (baritone sax) on "Center Of The Earth". Great stuff, with a really dark edge! Other tracks include "Kai", "Rocks (For Cannonball)", "C You Around", and "One Minute Please". CD
Also available Rhythmatism ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Steve ReidRhythmatism (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP
Mustevic/Soul Jazz (UK), 1974. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic mid 70s set led by drummer Steve Reid – fronting a group of players who groove tightly, but with a really sinister sound! Reid is an absolute steamroller on this set – laying down a fast-paced, super tight funky backdrop for the rest of the players to groove fluidly over the top. Three of the five tracks run well north of the 10 minute mark – and those pieces are strong as can be, providing just enough room for the players to lay out a groove that lies beautifully between the mid 60s avant garde of Ornette Coleman and the spiritual soul jazz of the mid 70s. The core group includes pianist Les Walker (who penned most of the material here), plus David Wertman on a wonderfully rubbery bass, Michael Keith on trombone and Arthur Blythe on alto sax – with guests Chris Capers (trumpet), Melvin Smith (guitar) and Charles Tyler (baritone sax) on "Center Of The Earth". Great stuff, with a really dark edge! Other tracks include "Kai", "Rocks (For Cannonball)", "C You Around", and "One Minute Please". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pressing of 1000 – on colored vinyl!)
Also available Rhythmatism ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ Mark Dresser SevenAin't Nothing But A Cyber Coup & You ... CD
Clean Feed (Portugal), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Bassist Mark Dresser has a great group here – one that features flutes from Nicole Mitchell and reeds from Marty Erlich – both players whose sense of energy really helps define the spirit of the set! Erlich is especially nice – maybe more striking than we've heard in years – and although we love Mitchell's work as a leader, she's also wonderful to hear in the spirit of an ensemble – an excellent lineup that also features strong contributions from Michael Dessen on trombone, plus violin from Keir Gogwilt, piano from Joshua White, and drums and percussion from Jim Black. The music is definitely in a Dresser mode throughout – with plenty of the spaciousness that he's brought to other recordings – but there are points that seem to evoke a deeper jazz history than usual, especially on tribute tracks to Arthur Blythe and Butch Lacy. Titles include "Gloaming", "Let Them Eat Paper Towels", "Far", "Ain't Nothing But A Cyber Coup & You", "Black Arthur's Bounce", and "Butch's Balm". CD
 
 
 



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