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✨✧ VariousHi & Easy – Easy Listening Favorites From The Hi Records Label ... CD
Hi Records/Demon (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer cuts from Hi Records – all Memphis instrumentals with a pretty soulful feel, and hardly the easy listening you might expect from the title! Many numbers are covers of popular 60s tunes – rock, soul, and pop numbers – but they're often done with an edge that's much stronger than usual instrumental versions at the time – soulful sax, dirty drums, and groovy guitar – all produced with plenty of that great Hi Records Memphis magic! A few tunes are a bit sweet, but these are quickly offset by the more soul instrumental ones – and the CD features 18 tracks that include "Sunshine Of Your Love", "Windy", "I Say A Little Prayer", "Louie Louie",and "Take Five" by Willie Mitchell; "Nadine", "Hard Day's Night", "Deep In The Heart Of Texas", "Java", and "Tea For Two Cha Cha" by Bill Black's Combo; and "Somewhere My Love", "Never On Sunday", "Michelle", and "Singing The Blues" by Ace Cannon. CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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Jazz FiveHooter ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good+ ... $24.99 28.99
One of the few albums by this hip modern jazz combo from the UK – a quintet with a twin horn lineup that plays the tenor of Vic Ash against the baritone of Harry Klein – maybe west west coast inspirations, but a harder swing overall! The res tof the group features Brian Dee on piano, Malcolm Cecil on bass, and either Bill Eyden or Tony Mann on drums – on titles that include "There It Is", "The Five Of Us", and "Still Life". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing, with silver text, microphone logo, and deep groove! Vinyl has a very short click in one spot, but is great overall. Cover has a small bit of pen and tape in one corner, but is nice too.)
 
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Andy Bey/Harold Nicholas/June RichmondJazz In Paris – Harold Nicholas/June Richmond/Andy & The Bey Sisters ... CD
Universal (France), 1957/1959. Used ... $11.99
3 lost vocal gems from 50s Paris! The set pulls together some rare eps on the Barclay and Fontana labels – all the picture of Left Bank hip! The first 8 tracks are by Harold Nicholas – singing in French and English with a swinging combo on tunes that include "Que Reste-t-il De Nos Amours?", "That Old Black Magic", "Teach Me Tonight", and "Smoke Gets In Your Eyes" – in a style that's similar to early work by Claude Nougaro, but perhaps a bit more mellow. The next 4 tracks feature June Richmond singing with a hip group arranged by Quincy Jones – and featuring work by Billy Byers, Roger Guerin, Kenny Clarke, and Henri Renaud. Tracks on that set include "Sleep", "Everybody's Doing It", and "I've Gotta Right To Sing The Blues". The last two tracks are rare gems by Andy Bey and his sisters Salome and Geraldine – performing in the style of their classic Andy & The Bey Sisters albums in the US, and recorded in 1959, quite early in their career! Their two tracks are wonderful – and feature the trio grooving soulfully on the tunes "Smooth Sailin" and "Scoubidou". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ornette ColemanArt Of The Improvisers ... CD
Atlantic/Water, Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... $7.99 17.98
Great lost work from Ornette Coleman – material recorded in New York and LA during the years 1959 through 1961 – never issued at the time, but pulled together in this wonderful package at the start of the 70s! Although not recorded as an official album, the record stands easily with the best Ornette had to offer at Atlantic Records – and all tracks here have that sense of sharpness, rhythm, and timing that made the Coleman combo one of the most exciting of the time. Players include Ornette on alto throughout, plus Don Cherry on trumpet and pocket trumpet, Ed Blackwell and Billy Higgins on drums, and Charlie Haden (mostly), Scott LaFaro, and Jimmy Garrison on bass. All tracks are originals by Ornette – and titles include "Moon Inhabitants", "The Fifth of Beethoven", "Circle with a Hole In the Middle", and "The Alchemy of Scott La Faro", featuring the great late bassist, Scott La Faro! CD

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Ornette ColemanComplete Science Fiction Sessions (including Broken Shadows – plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Columbia, 1972. Used 2 CDs ... $34.99
One of Ornette Coleman's best recordings from the 70s – and like his other album for Columbia, quite a change from the freewheeling sounds he was blowing over at Blue Note! The style here is a bit more high concept, but in a good way – with all the edges that Coleman had developed from the late 50s onward, brought into tighter focus for the Columbia setting – given a bit more complexity, although still with plenty of room for freedom – and played both with a smaller combo, and a slightly larger group. The mix of players is as striking as the sounds on the record – and includes Coleman on alto, trumpet, and violin – plus Dewey Redman on tenor, Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Bobby Bradford on trumpet, Jim Hall on guitar, Cedar Walton on piano, Charlie Haden on bass, and Billy Higgins and Ed Blackwell on drums. Asha Puthli sings a bit on the larger ensemble tracks – making a rare appearance here before her 70s soul career in Germany – and titles include "What Reason Could I Give", "Street Woman", "The Jungle Is A Skycraper", and "All My Life". 2CD set also features all the material from the Broken Shadows album as well – plus 3 previously unissued bonus tracks. Other titles include "Happy House", "Elizabeth", "Good Girl Blues", "Broken Shadows", "Rubber Gloves", and "Written Word". CD
(Out of print, 2000 pressing with 3 bonus tracks.)

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Andrew HillDance With Death (with bonus track) ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1968. New Copy ... $13.99 16.99
A wonderful session by Andrew Hill – recorded in 1968, but issued only briefly in 1981 – and out of print for years! The session is a key one in understanding Hill's work – as it's a bridge between the arch modernism of his early Blue Note sides, and the more soul-oriented playing of the Grass Roots album. The group features Joe Farrell and Charles Tolliver on horns – both of whom open up the sound at the same time they're giving it a nice bottom – and the rest of the combo includes Victor Sproles on bass and Billy Higgins on drums. The album's an enchanting one – lighter than earlier years, but still with a compelling vision that's all Hill's own. Titles include "Dance With Death", "Love Nocturne", "Black Sabbath", "Partitions", and "Fish N Rice". CD features a bonus alternate take of the title cut. CD

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Etta JonesLonely & Blue ... LP
Prestige, 1962. Very Good+ ... $29.99
Hard to imagine Etta Jones being lonely and blue – especially when she sounds as great as this! The album's one of Jones' early classics from Prestige – a date that really has her classing things up a lot, and drawing on bits of Billie Holiday and Dinah Washington's styles, to mix in with the bluesier tones of her roots – put together with a great deal of charm, and a new sophistication that made Etta one of the hippest jazz singers of the 60s! Backing is by a cool small combo – with Patti Brown on piano, Wally Richardson on guitar, and a bit of tenor from Budd Johnson – and titles include "I'll Be There", "In the Dark", "Gentlemen Friend", "I Wonder", and "Miss You So". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow & black label NJ pressing with deep groove and Van Gelder stamp. Cover has light wear, a few peel spots and clear tape along the top seam.)

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Sarah VaughanDuke Ellington Songbook Vol 2 ... LP
Pablo, 1979. Near Mint- ... $4.99 9.99
Sarah Vaughan takes on the work of Duke Ellington – almost presented here in a style that's similar to some of the Songbook albums on Verve from the 50s! Billy Byers handles most of the arrangements here – especially on the larger group numbers – but some tracks are also in a small combo mode, and are often the most interesting, because Sarah opens up with a looser feel than on some of the more "respectful" big group tracks. Titles on this second volume include "Black Butterfly", "Chelsea Bridge", "What Am I Here For", "Tonight I Shall Sleep", "Mood Indigo", "Everything But You", and "Rocks In My Bed". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanScience Fiction ... CD
Columbia (Japan), 1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Ornette Coleman's best recordings from the 70s – and like his other album for Columbia, quite a change from the freewheeling sounds he was blowing over at Blue Note! The style here is a bit more high concept, but in a good way – with all the edges that Coleman had developed from the late 50s onward, brought into tighter focus for the Columbia setting – given a bit more complexity, although still with plenty of room for freedom – and played both with a smaller combo, and a slightly larger group. The mix of players is as striking as the sounds on the record – and includes Coleman on alto, trumpet, and violin – plus Dewey Redman on tenor, Don Cherry on pocket trumpet, Bobby Bradford on trumpet, Jim Hall on guitar, Cedar Walton on piano, Charlie Haden on bass, and Billy Higgins and Ed Blackwell on drums. Asha Puthli sings a bit on the larger ensemble tracks – making a rare appearance here before her 70s soul career in Germany – and titles include "What Reason Could I Give", "Street Woman", "The Jungle Is A Skycraper", and "All My Life". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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✨✧ Johnny Hammond SmithLegends Of Acid Jazz – Soul Flowers/Dirty Grape ... CD
Prestige, 1967/1968. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A key turning point for Johnny Hammond Smith – 2 hip albums from the latter half of the 60s, a time when he was really changing up his groove! First up is Soul Flowers, one of Johnny's most obscure records – and a great little album that's filled with short tracks played by a largeish group – all in a groove that's almost got a cop show feel! The album's got a gritty, dirty feel that's totally great – a nice change from Johnny's early 60s soul jazz, and a definite nod at the funk that would come in the 70s. There's twin tenors on the date from Houston Person and Earl Edwards – who often blow together on the heads, creating a mini-horn section sort of feel that then breaks up into more of a small combo mode as the set rolls on. Guitar is by the wonderful Wally Richardson, who works alongside electric bass from Jimmy Lewis – rumbling nicely next to Hammond's newly-lean sound on the organ. Added congas from Richard Landrum round out the set – and titles include the wonderful "NYPD", plus "Dirty Apple", "Ode To Billie Joe", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Tara's Theme", and "I Got A Woman". Dirty Grape is excellent work from Johnny Hammond Smith – a record that really lives up to the "dirty" in the title! The approach here is a bit like some of Jimmy McGriff's recordings at the end of the 60s – organ soloist riffing around on some short hard tracks, with a bit of electric bass in the mix to soup things up a bit, rhythm-wise! The players include Wally Richardson on guitar – whose solos and sound are almost as important to the date as Johnny Hammond's – plus the twin team of Houston Person and Earl Edwards on tenor, Fender bass by Jimmy Lewis, drums by John Harris, and added conga by Richard Landrum. Tracks include some very groovy numbers – like "Dirty Grape", "Animal Farm", and "Black Strap Molasses" – plus covers of "To Sir With Love", and "Love Is A Hurtin Thing". CD
(CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Little Joe BlueDirty Work Going On (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Black & Blue/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1986. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Little Joe Blue really sounds great here – opening up with an approach to the guitar that almost seems laidback, as he makes it sound so effortless – cutting these great lines over lean backings by a combo that features Billy Branch on harmonica and Melvin Taylor on second guitar! The set was recorded in the Netherlands, but it's got that warmly respectful vibe that overseas labels could give a session like this in the 80s – which seems to encourage Joe to sound even more soulful than usual on his vocals – on titles that include "You're Breaking My Heart", "Dirty Work Going On", "Big Leg Woman", "She Did It Again", and "You Can Help Me If You Want To". CD features bonus tracks "Devil In The Sky", "The Thrill Is Gone", "I Want To Make Love To You", and "How Could You Do It To Me". CD

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✨✧ Shakey JakeCall Me When You Need Me – The Vocal & Harmonica Blues Of Shakey Jake (Good Times/Mouth Harp Blues/with bonus tracks) ... CD
Jasmine (UK), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A pair of albums from the legendary Shakey Jake – with bonus tracks too! First up is Good Times – a stunner from Shakey Jake – and a set that's got a surprising jazz element as well – given that the singer/harmonicist works here with Jack McDuff on Hammond and Bill Jennings on guitar! Jack and Bill were working together on other soul jazz sessions for Prestige Records during the same period – but they sound completely different here, as they recast their mighty powers to create spare grooves for Shakey Jake! Jake sings throughout – often with a raw, unbridled style that's a lot more powerful than you'd guess from his name – and he also alternates with some harmonica solos too, but still leaves room for Jack and Bill to solo a bit as well. The album's a unique gem that really brings together both sides of the Prestige sound of the period – and titles include "Worried Blues", "Tear Drops", "You Spoiled Your Baby", "Still Your Fool", "Good Times", "Huffin & Puffin", and "Call Me When You Need Me". Next is Mouth Harp Blues – one of the coolest records ever in the Prestige Records blues catalog of the early 60s – a great little set that provides a folksy sort of setting for the legendary Shakey Jake – but which has a way of getting past some of the partially-baked modes of some other folk blues records of the time! The production is wonderful – nice and clear, as Jake delivers both vocals and harmonica – working with a laidback combo that features Jimmie Lee on guitar, Robert Banks on piano, Leonard Gaskin on bass, and Junior Blackmon on drums! Titles include "Jake's Cha Chas", "It Won't Happen Again", "Things Is Alright", "Gimme A Smile", "Love My Baby", and "Mouth Harp Blues". CD also features an earlier Chicago single on the Artistic label, recorded with the band of Willie Dixon, which includes Magic Sam – the cuts "Call Me If You Need Me" and "Roll Your Money Maker". CD

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New York Art QuartetNew York Art Quartet ... CD
ESP (Germany), 1965. Used ... $14.99 18.99
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist Milford Graves – but their legacy in this one album is almost greater than that of other combos who recorded more frequently at the time. The sound is similar to the best "spacious" groups of the new thing years – such as the Archie Shepp/Bill Dixon work, or some of the looser sides by the New York Contemporary Five – a group that featured Shepp and Tchicai. Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka) makes a key guest appearance on the title "Black Dada Nihilismus" – reciting his writings alongside the group's somber instrumental musings – and other titles include "Short", "Rosmosis", and "No 6". CD
(Out of print, ZYX pressing.)

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✨✧ New York Art QuartetNew York Art Quartet ... LP
ESP, 1965. Very Good ... Out Of Stock
One of our favorite albums ever on the legendary ESP label – and a key session in the best "new thing" mode of the 60s! The New York Art Quartet were a short live collaboration between trombonist Roswell Rudd, saxophonist John Tchicai, bassist Lewis Worrell, and percussionist Milford Graves – but their legacy in this one album is almost greater than that of other combos who recorded more frequently at the time. The sound is similar to the best "spacious" groups of the new thing years – such as the Archie Shepp/Bill Dixon work, or some of the looser sides by the New York Contemporary Five – a group that featured Shepp and Tchicai. Leroi Jones (Amiri Baraka) makes a key guest appearance on the title "Black Dada Nihilismus" – reciting his writings alongside the group's somber instrumental musings – and other titles include "Short", "Rosmosis", and "No 6". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original red label pressing in a paste-on cover – nice and clean! Label has a rip on one side, and cover has a light stain in one corner – but overall, this is a decent copy.)
 
 
 



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