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Dorothy Ashby/Junior ManceFantastic Jazz Harp Of Dorothy Ashby/Live At The Top ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1965/1969. Used ... $19.99
Two obscure Atlantic jazz albums on one CD! The real winner here is The Fantastic Jazz Harp of Dorothy Ashby – as Dorothy gets a cool breezy sound out of the harp that's unlike any other player we've ever heard on the instrument. This session doesn't have the funky soul sound of her later Cadet albums, but all of her work is great, and the record shines with a tight approach to rhythm – thanks to excellent backing from Richard Davis, Willie Bobo, and Grady Tate. Tracks include "Flighty", "Nabu Corfa", "Dodi Li", and "Essence of Sapphire". The Junior Mance album's a live one, recorded at The Top Of The Gate, with David Newman in the group playing flute and tenor on two tracks. All tunes are done in long versions, and titles include "I Wish I Knew", "Turning Point", and "Before This Time Another Year". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jesse BelvinGolden Classics (with bonus tracks) ... CD
RCA/Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... $11.99
24 tracks plus 2 bonus tracks. CD
(Out of print.)

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Art Blakey/Modern Jazz QuartetArt Blakey's Jazz Messengers With Thelonious Monk/Blues At Carnegie Hall ... CD
Collectables, 1958/1967. Used ... $8.99
An unlikely pairing of albums, but another nice 2-fer of classic Atlantic sides. The Jazz Messengers album is a great one – and features the firey hardbop of Blakey's late 50's Messengers (with Johnny Griffin and Bill Hardman) meeting the modernist piano playing of Monk, who was really hitting his stride at this point on his own Riverside recordings. The session's an interesting one, and if it lacks the groove of the usual Blakey album, Monk more than makes up for any lack of soulfulness by throwing in some nice complicated piano lines. We still prefer Bobby Timmons to Monk with Blakey – but the album's worth having, and includes nice Monk tracks like "Evidence", "Blue Monk", "I Mean You", and "Purple Shades". The MJQ session's a live one, and features the usual tightly arranged chamber jazz approach. Tracks on that one include "Bag's Groove", "Blues Milanese", "Pyramid", and "The Cylinder". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ruth BrownRuth Brown/Miss Rhythm ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1957/1959. Used ... $9.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Dave BrubeckTruth Is Fallen/Two Generations Of Brubeck ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1972/1974. Used ... $8.99
Truth Is Fallen is a complicated orchestral work – with Brubeck's piano, and backing from both the Cincinnati Symphony and the rock group New Heavenly Blue! Two generations, four Brubecks – an all family affair from the early 70s! Patriarch Dave Brubeck leads the sons through some of Dave's fine original numbers, sitting at his acoustic piano with Darius Brubeck on electric piano, organ and more, Chris Brubeck on trombone and bass, and Danny Brubeck on drums – along with David Mason on guitar and some utility players. The effort is way better than you may be expecting, as the brood shows some truly surprising range on tracks that veer from wildly energetic and muscular, to slender and brooding, to tightly moving! An under-appreciated gem! Tracks include "Circadian Dysrhythmia", "Three To Get Ready", "Blue Rondo A La Turk", "Unsquare Dance" (with some lightly funky bass), "The Holy One", "Call Of The Wild", "Knives" and "Tin Sink". CD
(Out of print.)

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Conte Candoli & Lou Levy/Chris ConnorWest Coast Wailers/Sings Ballads Of The Sad Cafe ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1957/1959. Used ... $6.99
2 icy-cool jazz classics on one CD! The Candoli/Levy session is one of Conte's best-ever records, and it features a tight west coast jazz group playing great hard little numbers like "Pete's Alibi", "Jordu", "Cheremoya", and "Comes Love". Bill Holman's on tenor, and the rhythm section features Leroy Vinnegar and Lawrence Marable – and the whole thing's one of the best (and most overlooked) west coast sessions of the late 50s! Ballads of The Sad Cafe is one of the most heartbreaking albums ever cut by Chris Connor – and it features the lovely vocalist working her way through a great set of moody tracks, with stunning arrangements by Ralph Sharon. Titles include "Glad To Be Unhappy", "Bargain Day", "Something I Dreamed Last Night", "Ballad Of The Sad Cafe", and "The End Of A Love Affair". The backing is great, too, and it features many strong players! CD
(Out of print.)

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Chick Corea/Miroslav VitousTones For Joan's Bones/Mountain In The Clouds ... CD
Collectables, 1967. Used ... $8.99
Very nice reissue that brings together two of the best albums by two players that don't necessarily have a lot of great albums (or at least a lot of albums that have stood the test of time!) We'll be the first to admit that Chick Corea has many weak moments – but his debut as a leader, Tones For Joan's Bones, is amazing! At the time, Chick was coming off of years of work in Latin bands, and in smaller soul jazz combos, and his writing here is a mix of the freer style that would later become too free, with the rootsier elements of his background. The players on the record include Woody Shaw, Joe Chambers, and Joe Farrell, and the tracks are long, with a sweeping, searching, soulful sound to them. Includes a beautiful rendition of Chick's "Litha", which he also recorded with Stan Getz on Sweet Rain, plus two other nice originals – "Tones For Joan's Bones" and "Straight Up And Down". And added to that album is an obscure early album by bassist Miroslav Vitous, which features playing by Herbie Hancock, Joe Henderson, and Jack DeJohnette. The album's a simple one, with less of the indulgent playing that would later mar some of Vitous' other sessions. It includes a version of "Freedom Jazz Dance", plus the originals "Infinite Search", "Cerecka", and "I Will Tell Him On You". (Please note that "When Face Gets Pale" was deleted from the Vitous album, due to space limitations.) CD

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✨✧ Hank CrawfordTrue Blue/Double Cross ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1964/1968. Used ... $6.99
2 classics from Hank's Atlantic years! Hank Crawford shows his roots with Ray Charles on True Blue, an album of short R&B tinged instrumentals with a deep gutbucket feel to them. He's backed by some larger groups that includes players like James Clay, Sonny Forriest, John Hunt, and Wilbur Brown. Very soulful feel, and Crawford's sharp alto is right up front in the mix. Tracks include "Mellow Down", "Shake-A-Plenty", "Shooby", "Blues In Bloom", and "Skunky Green". Nice stuff, and one of Crawford's livelier albums! On Double Cross, Hank's blowing it in that stock soulful style he used with Ray Charles – over slightly larger arrangements that feature players like Wendell Harrison, David Newman, Melvin Latiste, and Carl Lynch. Jack McDuff plays piano on "In The Heat Of The Night", and other tracks include "Glue Fingers", "Jimmy Mack", "Double Cross", and "Mud Island Blues". CD

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✨✧ Hank Crawford/Leo WrightSoul Clinic/Blues Shout ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1960/1961. Used ... $9.99
2 lost soul jazz classic from the Atlantic catalog! Hank Crawford's Soul Clinic is one of the few albums we really like by him, and it features the soulful altoist playing in a group with David Fathead Newman and some other lesser-known players who are nice and soulful. The set's got some warm mellow instrumental versions of blues classics, plus a few originals like "Lorelei's Lament", "Blue Stone", and "Playmates". Even better is Blues Shout, one of the rare few albums cut by the amazing alto and flute player Leo Wright. The record's got a beautiful mix of soul jazz and slightly modern lyricism, and Wright's tone and projection are impeccable throughout. Titles on the record include "Sigi", "Blues Shout", "Indian Summer", "The Wind", and "Two Moods" – and players include Junior Mance, Richard Williams, and Charlie Persip. CD
(Out of print.)

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Wilbur De ParisMarchin' & Swingin'/At Symphony Hall ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1952/1956. Used 2 CDs ... $7.99
Tracks include "Martinique", "Hindustan", "Tres Moutarde", "Shreveport Stomp", "Majorca", "Juba Dance", "Cielito Lindo", "Toll Gate Blues", and "Battle Hymn Of The Republic". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wilbur De ParisNew Orleans Blues/Plays Cole Porter ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1957/1958. Used ... $8.99
Quite an unusual date for vocalist Jimmy Witherspoon – one that has him singing with the group of Wilbur De Paris, in a mode that's a lot more trad than any of Jimmy's other records from the time! Turns out, that amazing voice is perfect for the setting – and Witherspoon really sounds wonderful here – ringing out with a full, rich style that most other trad male singers would never attempt – recorded beautifully for the session with top-shelf Atlantic fidelity, too – and more than a few echoes of their R&B approach in the studio! The group features Wilbur De Paris on trombone, Sidney De Paris on cornet, Omer Simeon on clarinet, and Sonny White on piano – and titles include "Careless Love", "Trouble In Mind", "Lotus Blossom", "Big Fine Girl", "Good Rollin Blues", and "When The Sun Goes Down". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Wilbur De ParisPlays Something Old, New, Gay, Blue/That's A Plenty ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1958/1959. Used ... $8.99
Two Atlantic albums ; Plays Something Old, New, Gay, Blue from 1958 & That's A Plenty from 1959. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Champion Jack DupreeChampion Jack's Natural & Soulful Blues/Champion Of The Blues ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1960/1961. Used ... $11.99
An early example of how Atlantic had already begun to exploit the international fascination with American R&B. The session was recorded in London, with Champion Jack on piano and vocals, and backing by a young Alexis Korner on guitar and Jack Fallon on bass. The set's got a rootsy feel – perhaps more so than if it was a contemporary blues album in a regular American setting. Titles include "Slow Drag", "Bad Life", "Don't Leave Me Mary", and "Seafood Blues". Champion Of The Blues features spare solo work by Jack – only piano, vocals, and a bit of foot shuffling for percussion! The sides were originally recorded by the Storyville label in Denmark, and issued here by Atlantic. The sound's similar to Jack's earlier work on Atlantic, but perhaps a bit more folksy – and titles include "Snaps Drinking Woman", "I Had A Dream", "Reminiscing With Champion Jack", "House Rent Party", and "Misery Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eureka Brass Band Of New Orleans/Billie & De De Pierce/Jim Robinson's New Orleans BandJazz At Preservation Hall 1 & 2 ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1962. Used ... $5.99
The sound of Preservation Hall, mixed with the sound of the streets of New Orleans too – a classic recording of the Eureka Brass Band, put together in the 60s by Atlantic Records! The album's got a freewheeling feel that mixes older street band modes with some of the trad styles of the Preservation Hall scene – in ways that make the record a fair bit more jazz-oriented than other brass band albums of this type. Percy Humphrey leads the group on trumpet – in a lineup that features two more trumpets, two trombones, clarinet, tenor, and sousaphone – plus both snare and bass drum too. Titles include "Joe Avery's Blues", "Panama", "Whoopin Blues", and "Just A Little While To Stay Here". Some of the best-recorded work to ever come from the Preservation Hall scene in New Orleans – one of Atlantic Records' great 60s albums of material from the legendary venue! Side one features a small combo led by trombonist Jim Robinson – a group with a great gutbuckety groove, thanks to banjo, bass, and drums on the rhythms – and graces with some especially nice clarinet by Louis Cottrell in the lead with Jim. Titles include "Gettysburg March", "You Tell Me Your Dream", and "My Bucket's Got A Hole In It". Side two features the classic group of trumpeter Joseph De De Pierce and pianist Billie Pierce – in a lineup that has George Lewis on clarinet and Louis Nelson on trombone. Titles include "Shine", "San", "Ciribiribin", and "Shake It & Break It". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Percy FaithCorazon/My Love ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, 1973. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Sweet 70s grooves from Percy Faith – a snoozer of an arranger in the 60s, but a talent who picked up a lot for us in the 70s! Both albums feature some strong tracks in which Percy mixes strings and easy instrumentation with electric bass and some nice drum work by Hal Blaine or Earl Palmer – creating tunes that at once have a glossy sweep, but also a nice little bounce that actually makes for some nicely funky moments that sparkle with a soundtrack feel. Some tunes are easy – but there's some really nice ones on here, like Percy's cover of Freddie Hubbard's "First Light", or versions of "Pata Pata", "Enter The Dragon", "Corazon", "Crunchy Granola Suite", "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life", "Sing", "Kodachrome", "Pillow Talk", and "The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia", all of which come off with the feel of some of the better tunes on the MPS Snowflakes compilation! CD

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✨✧ Percy FaithJoy/Day By Day ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, 1972. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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5 RoyalesVery Best Of The 5 Royales ... CD
Gusto/Collectables, 1950s. Used ... $6.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy GiuffreJimmy Giuffre 3/Music Man ... CD
Collectables, 1957/1958. Used ... $4.99
Another nice 2-in-1 from Collectables that brings to light some fantastic jazz from the Atlantic catalog! The album Jimmy Giuffre 3 is beautiful trio material by Jimmy Giuffre, featuring his group with Ralph Pena on bass and Jim Hall on guitar. The sound is out of this world, and the notes just hang lightly in air, interacting with each other in a way that's freed from the rhythmic constraints of the typical piano/drum pulse. Titles include "Voodoo", "Train & The River", "My All", "Crawdad Suite", and "Two Kinds Of Blues". The Music Man is a bit more standard, and features Giuffre leading a large group (with Al Cohn, Joe Wilder, Art Farmer, and others) through tracks from the Music Man score – like "It's You", "Wells Fargo", "Gary, Indiana", and "Till There Was You". It's goofy, but with some nice solo moments. 20 tracks in all, and full reproductions of the original cover art. CD

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Johnny Griffin & Matthew GeeSoul Groove ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1964. Used ... $9.99
A heck of a soul jazz treasure from the 60s – and one of the hardest-hitting jazz albums ever issued by the Atlantic Records label! The vibe here is almost more Prestige Records overall – with very gutbuckety work from Johnny Griffin on tenor and Matthew Gee on trombone – on gritty tunes that snap along beautifully, and have Geen hitting some of the best tones he'd ever record – trombone that's maybe in the spirit of Bennie Green at his best. The combo also features Hank Jones on both piano and organ – plus Aaron Bell on bass, and Art Taylor on drums – and titles are nicely unusual, and include "Mood For Cryin", "The Swingers Get The Blues Too", "Twist City", "Oh Gee!", "Here", and "Renee". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lars GullinBaritone Sax/Lars Gullin Swings ... CD
Collectables/Atlantic, 1956/1958. Used ... $7.99
One of Europe's greatest jazz musicians ever – captured here on two rare albums from the 50s! Although Lars Gullin was mostly a baritone player, his rich talent on the instrument won him many accolades during the postwar years – and he recorded a huge amount of albums, both here in the US, and home in his native Sweden. These two sessions were originally issued in Sweden on Metronome, but are offered here in the versions issued by Atlantic in the US during the late 50s. Both records are some of Gullin's best straight material from the time – and they feature him swinging hard and straight-ahead, in a perfect setting made up of some of Sweden's finest players. Titles include "Always", "After 8pm", "Half Nelson", "So What", "Fedja", and "Perntz". Great to have back out again – and what a deal! (Please note that the CD had to omit the track "Ma" because of space limitations.) CD

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Bobby Hackett & Jack TeagardenJazz Ultimate/Coast Concert ... CD
Capitol/Collectables, 1957. Used ... $4.99
Two Capitol Records classics from trumpeter Bobby Hackett – one with the great trombonist Jack Teagarden! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Eddie Harris/David NewmanI Need Some Money/Bigger & Better ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Late 60s/1975. Used ... $8.99
2 great albums of soul jazz from Atlantic! Eddie Harris' I Need Some Money is a great little funk album that shouldn't work so well, but does nicely, thanks to a unique approach to the groove. The album kicks off with the catchy vocal number "I Need Some Money", which features a chugging Varitone groove in the background. Other cuts mix up funk and soul, and add in touches of the "electric rhythm machine", which was heard on a few earlier Harris albums for Atlantic. Very strange, but strangely nice – and with the cuts "Bumpin", "Get On Down", "Carnival", "That's It", and "Time To Do Your Thing". David Newman's Bigger & Better is more of a straight soul jazz outing – but the groove's still pretty nice, and it features some nice numbers like "The Thirteenth Floor", "Ain't That Good News", and "For Sylvia". CD
(Out of print.)

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Lightnin HopkinsNothin But The Blues - Golden Classics ... CD
Collectables, Early 60s. Used ... $4.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Willis JacksonWillis Jackson Plays With Feeling/Way We Were ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1975/1976. Used ... $9.99
The title's righter than you might think – as Willis DOES play with feeling, despite a cheesy-looking cover that might make you think otherwise! The groove here is tight and smooth 70s jazz funk – very much in the mode of some of the more fully-arranged Kudu and CTI albums of the time, with Willis out in the lead, blowing wonderfully over the top in a Stanley Turrentine sort of mode. Arrangements are by Ricky West and Bert Keyes, and the album's got a really great version of the Afro Funk classic "Racubah", plus the upbeat tunes "Singing Bass" and "Do Your Super Thing", and the slower, harder, guitar-based "Do It To It". The soulful sax of Willis Jackson meets the Philly Soul mecca of Sigma Sound – and the result is a surprisingly wonderful album! Willis blows in the lead on all tracks, supported by legendary Sigma players – and the sound is a lush and sweetly soulful one, almost an instrumental version of the Philly work that had been coming out from some of the mellower soul groups on Atlantic at the time. Phil Hurtt co-produced the album with Tony Bell – and Phil also sings on the set, mostly working in background chorus modes, but occasionally speaking in a warm, romantic mode that's really nice. Titles include a nice remake of "Pick Up The Pieces", plus "Lady Marmalade", "Fire", "Love's Theme", "Brown Eyed Girl", and "Sideshow". CD

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Rick JamesWonderful ... CD
Reprise/Collectables, 1987. Used ... $5.99
Rick James makes the move away from Motown here – heading over to Warner/Reprise, in the Prince side of the spectrum – along with a cover image that has him wearing a paisley costume on top of a purple background – in a way that could well make the buyer think that Rick's working with Prince! But despite these Prince-like trappings (which also include some more Purple Rain-ish costumes on the inside cover), Rick's still writing, producing, and arranging himself – hitting a groove that clearly inspired by the success of his Paisley Park competition, but which is also kind of a natural extension of the Rick James funk sound into the end of the 80s. Roxanne Shante and Big Daddy Kane make some guest appearances on the album – and titles include "Loosey's Rap", "Hypnotize", "I Believe In U", "In The Girl's Room", "Sherry Baby", "Love's Fire", "Wonderful", "So Tight", and "Sexual Luv Affair". CD
(Booklet has some light wear.)

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Keith Jarrett/Art Ensemble Of ChicagoRestoration Ruin/Bap-Tizum ... CD
Collectables, 1968/1972. Used ... $11.99
For some reason, Collectables chose to mix these albums by 2 different artists on one CD – but at this price, who cares? Restoration Ruin is very nice early work by Keith Jarrett – and very different than his later albums for ECM! This set is pretty hippy-dippy – and has Keith playing a variety of instruments, from piano, to guitar, to soprano sax, organ, and percussion – as well as singing, which he does in kind of a hip, bluesy, jazz-based style. The songs have actual lyrics, not scatting bits, and the feel here is almost folk rock inflected with jazz – which makes for a very interesting mix, and some really great songs that would appeal to those who like the left end of the folk/rock/jazz continuum of the late 60s. Includes the funky "All Right", plus "Restoration Ruin", "Have A Real Time", "Wonders", "You're Fortunate", and "Where Are You Going". Equally great is Bap-Tizum, a nice live session recorded by the Art Ensemble at the legendary Ann Arbor Jazz & Blues Fest. The Art Ensemble's in excellent form, and lay down a stellar performance throughout. The set ranges from driving percussion jams to spare tenor soloing with bass accompaniment. Great stuff, and one of their landmark American recordings. Includes "Unanka", "Immm", and "Odwalla". CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case.)

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Philly Joe JonesPhilly Joe's Beat/Philly & Elvin Jones Together! ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Early 60s. Used ... $9.99
Stunning! 2 of Philly Joe's best albums on one CD – and both of them are hard as heck to find in any other format! Philly Joe's beat is a beautiful bit of modernist hardbop. Philly Joe pounds away with his usual clarity and groove, but the real treat is an unexpected appearance by the great Bill Barron, who plays tenor on the session. Barron's tenor is amazingly precise, and filled with far-reaching concepts, economically trimmed to fit into some nice tight solos. Tracks on this one include "Muse Rapture", "Lori", "Got To Take Another Chance", and "Lori". The second LP features Philly Joe playing with the other (or one other) great Jones drummer, Elvin. The two of them create an amazing two-drum rhythm line, which serves as the base for solos by Hank Mobley, Blue Mitchell, Curtis Fuller, and Wynton Kelly. The album's a screamer, with some of the most fantastic non-Blue Note work ever by Mobley. Titles include "Le Roi", "Beau-Ty", and "Brown Sugar". Great stuff all 'round, and a super deal at this price! CD

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KleeerWinners ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1979. Used ... $6.99
The second album from Kleeer – and a record that really has the group solidifying their sound – compressing keyboards, guitar, and grooves together in a sublimely boogie-heavy mode! Kleeer were really at the forefront of the coming 80s groove scene – and Woody Cunningham and the group draw heavily here from their previous experience with Patrick Adams, yet move into a smoother, tighter finish that set a new standard for the coming generation. Instrumentation is funky, but not exactly funk – and the tunes are mostly groovers throughout, but also move nicely away from disco norms of the late 70s. Isabelle Coles sings lead vocals on the track "I Love You" – and other titles include "Winners", "Your Way", "Close To You", "Rollin On", "Nothin Said", and "Hunger For Your Love". CD

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Frankie LaineBalladeer/Deuces Wild ... CD
Columbia/Collectables, 1959/1961. Used ... $6.99
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George Lewis/Jimmy & Mama YanceyJazz At Preservation Hall 4/Pure Blues ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1958/1963. Used ... $9.99
Jazz At Preservation Hall is a great recording from New Orleans' George Lews – caught here after his big return to fame in the late 40s and 50s – but still sounding great! Lewis' clarinet is very firmly in the lead, and gets plenty of room to solo – especially on the album's quartet numbers. A few tracks feature a larger lineup with more nice horn work – from Kid Howard on trumpet and Jim Robinson on trombone – and the rhythms have a great punctuated quality throughout – very well-recorded, with a nice kick that really inspires the solos. Titles include "Salty Dog", "Pork Chops", "Linger Awhile", and "Indian Sagua". Pure Blues is spare blues in this album from pianist Jimmy Yancey, with vocal accompaniment from his wife "Mama" on about half the tracks. Most of the tracks feature Yancey's piano backed by Israel Crosby's bass, and the sound is extremely rootsy. Titles include "How Long Blues", "Make Me A Pallet On the Floor", "Mournful Blues", and "Shave 'Em Dry". CD
(Out of print.)

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John LewisOriginal Sin/Essence ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1961/1964. Used ... $7.99
Original Sin is a ballet composed by John Lewis. Essence features the compositions and arrangements of Gary McFarland, performed by a large group including Eric Dolphy, Jim Hall, Benny Golson, Don Butterfield, and Phil Woods. CD

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Little BeaverParty Down ... CD
Collectables, 1974. Used ... $6.99
A funky classic from Little Beaver – one of the best albums to come out of the Miami scene of the mid 70s! Little Beaver lays down some righteous guitar and heavy vocals over a cool spare backing groove on this one. It's a party, alright, but it's got the feel of the smoldering, latenight hours of it – after everyone's feeling real good for a long while! The sound is sort of a mix between slow cooking raw soul and heavier stripped down funk outings. One of Little Beaver's best – and one of our all time favorites! Titles include "I Can Dig It Baby", "Money Vibrations", "Let The Good Times Roll", and "Party Down (parts 1 & 2)". CD
(Out of print, very small punch through booklet & barcode.)

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Harry LookofskyStringsville ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1960. Used ... $6.99
A rare session of violin-led jazz – recorded for Atlantic Records in 1960! Harry Lookofsky may not be a famous name as a leader in jazz, but he scored strings for many pop and instrumental outings during the 60s – and he also has the distinction of being the father of one of the members of The Left Banke (which is why they got a record deal so early on!). Here, he's working as the leader of a jazz combo, playing violin and viola in a mode that would make Stephane Grappelli proud – but which also has some much darker edges, and a style that's hardly a recreation of older jazz violin modes. The tunes have a hip edge that's almost third stream jazz at times – with arrangements by Bob Brookmeyer and Hank Jones that keep a tightly swinging beat on most tracks, and which also feature solos by the two, plus drums by Elvin Jones and bass by either Paul Chambers or Milt Hinton. Titles include "Dancing On The Grave", "Move", "Champagne Blues", and "Little Willie Leaps". CD

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Junior ManceHarlem Lullaby/I Believe To My Soul ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1966/1967. Used ... $9.99
Two sides of late 60s Atlantic work by pianist Junior Mance – laid back to back on one CD. Harlem Lullaby is pop soul jazz work from Mance – who's playing here in a semi-traditional style that fits the evocative title of the album. Most of the cuts feature Mance in a trio – wither with Gene Taylor or Bob Cunningham on bass, and Ray Lucas or Alan Dawson on drums. There's two cool tracks in which Mance plays harpsichord – the cuts "The Uptown" and "Cootin" – and these have a nice edgey vibe that makes them stand apart from other tracks like "Harlem Lullaby", "That Mellow Feeling", and "I'm Falling For You". I Believe To My Soul Not is as funky as some of Junior's other work from the time, but a nice album of tightly-arranged late 60s soul jazz – with help from good players like Hubert Laws, Jimmy Owens, David Newman, and others. The sound is similar to other Atlantic albums around the same time – with that "trying for an instrumental hit" kind of feel that often brings out some strong and subtle solo performances from the leader. Titles include "Time & A Place", "I Believe To My Soul", "My Romance", "Don't Worry 'Bout It", and "Golden Spur". CD
(Out of print.)

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Manfred MannManfred Mann Album/My Little Red Book Of Winners ... CD
Collectables, 1964/1965. Used ... $8.99
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✨✧ Jack McDuffTobacco Road/Do It Now! ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1967. Used ... $11.99
2 of the best 60s albums by Brother Jack McDuff! Tobacco Road first appears to be just a bunch of jazz covers of standards and pop tracks – like "Tobacco Road", "Shadow Of Your Smile", "This Bitter Earth", and "Teardrops From My Eyes" – but Jack's got some help from JJ Jackson on the arrangements, and the outwardly simple tracks are twisted into these amazing grooves that have Jack wailing away in strange choppy funky ways on the organ! The whole album must be heard to be believed, and the version of "Shadow Of Your Smile", which starts with a nice break, is worth the price of the album alone! Do It Now is a very nice little batch of tight funky cuts that has that good soul sound that McDuff was also hitting on the Cadet label at the same time. His combo here includes Ray Appleton on drums, Leo Johnson on sax, and Melvin Sparks on guitar. The groove is tight and choppy, with little bits of funk, and McDuff's usual sense of humor and warmth. Lots of great original tracks, including "Mush Melon", "Snap Back Jack", "Strolling Blues", and "Do It Now". Very nice stuff, and hard to find, like all of his Atlantic sessions! 16 cuts in all – and some of McDuff's best work! CD
(Out of print.)

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Brownie McGhee & Sonny TerryBlowin' The Fuses ... CD
Collectables, Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print, small cutout hole through case & artwork.)

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Jimmy McGriffToast To Jimmy McGriff's Golden Classics ... LP
Sue/Collectables, 1960s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A tasty collection of Jimmy McGriff's work for the Sue label during the mid and early 60s – all hard-hitting R&B tinged numbers that have the Hammond stepping out about as far as it can go! These are the sorts of tunes that influenced a generation of hipsters – from Brit beat groups of the 60s, to more recent funky acid jazz combos. Jimmy's organ is in fine fine form, and he's often backed by only a small combo with a very prominent guitar. Titles include "Bump De Bump", "Hello Betty", "One Of Mine", "Kiko", "MG Blues", "Topkapi", "Turn Blue", "I've Got A Woman", "Last Minute", and "All About My Girl". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s issue. Cover has an index label with clear tape on the spine.)

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✨✧ Clyde McPhatterLove Ballads/Clyde ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... $9.99
26 tracks from Clyde McPhatter's Atlantic albums Clyde and Love Ballads – a great mix of hard R&B numbers, and some mellower ballads that showcase Clyde's richly emotional style of singing, one that's on a par with his lead vocal work in The Drifters, and recorded here in a very similar mode. Titles on the set include "Bip Bam", "Rock & Cry", "Heartaches", "Come What May", "Lovey Dovey", "Try Try Baby", "The Way I Feel", "My Island Of Dreams", "A Lover's Question", "Gone", "I'm Lonely Tonight", "No Matter What", and "Love Has Joined Us Together". CD

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✨✧ Carmen McRaeSound Of Silence/Portrait Of Carmen ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Late 60s. Used ... $4.99
Two great lost albums from Carmen – very different than her earlier work, kind of a mixture of jazz, soul, and pop, in territory that's a bit like work by Nancy Wilson or Marlena Shaw. Sound of Silence has Carmen working with arrangments by Shorty Rogers and Jimmy Jones – nicely jazzy, but with other sophisticated touches that open up Carmen's palette a lot. Titles include "Watch What Happens", "Sound Of Silence", "MacArthur Park", "Can You Tell", and "Gloomy Sunday". Portrait Of Carmen is one of her hippest LPs ever, and a great set of vocal gems that often gets overlooked. Arrangements are by Benny Carter, Shorty Rogers, and Oliver Nelson – and the album's got a swinging groovy style that pushes Carmen past her schmaltzier jazz vocal roots. The album kicks off with an amazing reading of Tommy Wolf's "I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco", done by Carmen in a way that makes you know she owns the song – and then it moves through a compelling blend of compositions that includes "My Very Own Person", "Ask Any Woman", "Boy, Do I Have A Surprise For You", and "Elusive Butterfly". CD
(Out of print.)

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Sergio Mendes/Quartette Tres BienGreat Arrival/Bully ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1966. Used ... $6.99
Two sparkling jazzy albums from 1966! The Great Arrival is one of Sergio Mendes' most dreamy albums, and it's an all-instrumental batch of tracks. The format is easy Brazilian piano, over larger arrangements with a good jazz component – and the record features Mendes soloing over work by American arrangers Clare Fischer, Bob Florence, and Richard Hazard. The record's got bright horns, lush banks of strings, and cascading rhythms – all produced with exceptional sound, so that Sergio's piano goes gliding over the top in a manner that's similar to some of the Luis Eca albums in a similar format. Tracks include "Carnaval", "Boranda", "Nana", and "Bonita". Bully is the Quartette Tres Bien's only album for Atlantic, and it's a bit more of a straight jazz album than some of their sessions for Decca. The band's got their percussion/piano groove running hard – with Percy James on bongo and conga, Albert St James on drums, and Jeter Thompson on piano – and the playing has a strong focus on the piano work by Thompson, with a good mix of soul and lyrical styles. Includes the original track "Bully", plus versions of "Work Song", "Caravan", "Three O'Clock In The Morning", and "I Never Knew". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mabel Mercer & Bobby ShortMabel Mercer & Bobby Short At Town Hall/Second Town Hall Concert ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1969. Used 2CD ... $6.99
... CD

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✨✧ Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet & Orchestra ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... $6.99
An expanded setting for the Modern Jazz Quartet – and a very compelling little record that has the core combo augmented by larger orchestrations from Gunther Schuller – who has a very sympathetic ear for their sound! Schuller's charts are never overwhelming – and instead shade things in with subtle strings and cascading colors that work perfectly with the piano of John Lewis and vibes of Milt Jackson – modes that echo their more modern elements, yet still retain the sense of warmth that always kept the MJQ from ever sounding too academic. In a way, the larger backdrops almost give the music a jazz soundtrack feel – maybe more so than some of the group's smaller lineup outings for film. Titles include "England's Carol", "Around The Blues", "Divertimento", and "Concertino For Jazz Quartet & Orchestra". CD

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Modern Jazz QuartetModern Jazz Quartet Plays Porgy & Bess ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1964. Used ... $12.99
An extremely haunting version of the score to Porgy & Bess – recorded by the Modern Jazz Quartet at the height of their powers, in a gently soulful version that really takes off from the original. The group have a very free approach here – one that uses Gershwin's originals as a set of loose guidelines to work from – shading in the spaces with their own tones and colors on vibes, piano, bass, and drums. The album features some great modern takes on "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So" – and other tracks include "O Bess, Where's My Bess", "I Love You Porgy", "My Man's Gone Now", and "There's A Boat Dat's Leavin Soon For New York". CD
(Out of print.)

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MoonglowsBaby Please/Just A Lonely Christmas ... 7-inch
Collectables, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Pink label Collectables pressing.)

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Neighbors ComplaintRemember Then ... LP
Collectables, Early 80s. Near Mint- ... $2.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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People's ChoiceGolden Classics ... CD
Collectables/Philadelphia International, Mid 70s. Used ... $3.99
A collection of 13 tracks pulled from People's Choice's mid 70s recordings for Philadelphia International – sides that show them making the same progression from funk to disco as other groups of the time, like BT Express. And although it would have been easy for the group to leave behind their funk roots entirely, and just go for quickie disco numbers, the CDs actually got some great soul tracks – filled with the heavy Philly soul of earlier days, stretched out a bit more professionally thanks to production help from Gamble & Huff. Frankie Brunson's great on vocals and keyboards, and the band grooves hard and tight on most of the album. Tracks include "Do It Any Way You Wanna", "Mickey D's", "Party Is A Groovy Thing", "Don't Send Me Away", "Boogie Down USA", "Love Shop", "Nursery Rhymes", "If You Want Me Back", "Are You Sure", and "I'm Leaving You". 13 tracks in all. CD

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✨✧ Esther PhillipsAnd I Love Him/Esther ... CD
Collectables, 1966. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Nice 2-in-1 set that brings together two of the best 60's albums by the great Esther Phillips! And I Love Him is the classic Atlantic LP that turned Esther from a rough-hewn, junkie, juvenile R&B singer into a sensitive interpreter of ballads, standards, and pop tracks. Her version of the Beatles title track is amazing, and she sings it with a fragility and sensitivity that Lennon and McCartney could only dream of. There's loads of other great cuts on here too – like "If You Love Me, Really Love Me", "Too Soon To Know", and "Make Believe Dreams" – and the arrangements are by Ray Ellis and Mort Garson. The Esther album has the same sort of feel, with nice arrangements by Ellis and Oliver Nelson, and some very tear-jerking renditions of titles like "The Party's Over", "Just Say Goodbye", "I Could Have Told You So", "He Touched Me", and "Shadow Of Your Smile". 24 cuts in all! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & booklet.)

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✨✧ Esther PhillipsBurnin/Confessin The Blues ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Early 70s. Used ... $6.99
2 albums recorded by Esther in the years before she broke into big fame on the Kudu label. Burnin is a stunning live set that marked Esther's move from being a loud young R&B singer into an older, more mature interpreter of material in a more jazzy style. She's backed here by a good group that includes Jack Wilson on piano, Richard Tee on organ, Chuck Rainey on bass, and Cornell Dupree on guitar – and she moves through a heartbreaking set of material that heralds her later 70's recordings for Kudu. Tracks include "Don't Let Me Lose This Dream", "And I Love Him", "Shangri-La", and "Please Send Me Someone To Love". Confessin points back at Esther's earlier career in R&B, but has a nice jazzy finish – thanks to players like Sonny Criss, Teddy Edwards, and Herb Ellis – and the record also features a few more sides from the Burnin sessions at Freddie Jett's Nightclub in LA. Titles include "Romance In The Dark", "I Wonder", "I'm Getting Long Alright", "In The Evenin", and "I Love Paris". Due to time limit restrictions, the CD excludes the cuts "I'm Getting Long Alright" and "It Could Happen To You" from the LPs. CD
(Out of print.)

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Wilson PickettI'm In Love ... CD
Collectables, 1962. Used ... $8.99
Classic heavy soul from Wilson – with some great production from Tommy Cogbill, and a nice raw southern sound. The record features 3 strong early Bobby Womack tracks – "I'm In Love", "Jealous Love", and "I've Come A Long Way" – plus Pickett's own "We've Got To Have Love", written with Womack. CD

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Jimmy ReedFound Love ... CD
Vee Jay/Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... $11.99
Seminal work from the legendary Jimmy Reed – spare and bluesy numbers that were some of the best work coming out of Chicago at the time! There's a snapping quality to the rhythms here that was a keen inspiration to generations of better-known artists – and in a way, it's amazing to go back to these originals to hear how spare and earthy Jimmy's original recordings were. Titles include "Big Boss Man", "Found Love", "Meet Me", "Hush Hush", "I'm Nervous", "Going By The River (parts 1 & 2)", and "Come Love". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy ReedLegend – The Man ... CD
Vee Jay/Collectables, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used ... $9.99
Titles include "Big Boss Man", "Honest I Do", "Going To New York", "Shame Shame Shame", and "Baby What You Want Me To Do". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy ReedLive At Soul City (Jimmy Reed At Soul City) ... CD
Vee Jay/Collectables, 1964. Used ... $22.99
A smoking live set from Jimmy Reed – filled with the kind of rocking, rollicking numbers that made his bluesy groove an undeniable influence on the UK scene of the 60s! Most numbers begin with a compelling vamp, then have Jimmy taking the lead on vocals – adding in plenty of charm in ways that few later bluesmen ever seemed to be able to match. And at times, there's a nice undercurrent of fuzz in Reed's guitar – almost making him one of the first folks to really use distortion in his music – on a great set of cuts that includes "I'm Going Upside Your Head", "The Devil's Shoestring (part 2)", "A New Leaf", "I Wanna Be Loved", "Wear Something Green", "You've Got Me Waiting", and "When You're Doing Alright". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Max RoachFeaturing The Legendary Hasaan/Drums Unlimited ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1965/1966. Used ... $6.99
Great stuff by Max Roach – and 2 albums that prove what a great talent he had for finding other lesser-known jazz players! The first album in the set features Max's trio with an amazing piano player named Hasaan – one that we can't find on any other records, and who has a power and approach that ranks him with modernist greats like Monk, Randy Weston, and Herbie Nichols. The album includes the tracks "Off My Back Jack", "Almost Like Me", and "Din-Ka Stret", all written by Hasaan. The other album's a great one, too – and features 2 sides of Max's own playing. One batch of tracks has Max in the company of a tight group of soul jazz players like Freddie Hubbard, Roland Alexander, James Spaulding, and Ronnie Matthews. The group is very tight, and they've got hard wailing sound similar to a Blue Note group, but with a bit more of a soul jazz feel. They play on two long tracks – "Nommo" and "In the Red". The rest of the tracks – "Drums Unlimited", "The Drum Also Waltzes", and "For Big Sid" – feature Max playing solo, which is a rare treat for a recording of this vintage. The tracks are great, with a very musical groove, and lively playing by Max that never gets too self indulgent. CD

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✨✧ Shorty RogersMartians Come Back!/Way Up There ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1955/1956. Used ... $5.99
These two records for Atlantic represent some of the best Shorty Rogers work of the 50s! Unlike his RCA sessions, which could get a bit too formulaic, both of these are a bit more open-ended, with slightly longer tracks than usual, and with different groupings of west coast players (Jimmy Giuffre, Bud Shank, Leroy Vinnegar, John Graas, Lou Levy, Shelly Manne, etc). Both albums are also darn hard to find on vinyl, so it's super-nice to have them on one CD at a nice low price. The tracks are nearly all originals by Rogers, written during a point at which he was really hitting his stride as a composer, and titles include "Pixieland", "Solarization", "Baklava Bridge", "March Of The Martians", "Chant of The Cosmos", and "Astral Alley". (The time limitations of the CD mean that they had to leave off Roger's version of "Moten Swing" – but who cares, since you've probably heard that too much anyway!) CD

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✨✧ Shorty RogersSwinging Mr Rogers ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1955. Used ... $4.99
A standout set from Shorty – tightly arranged numbers performed by a quartet that includes Jimmy Giuffre, Pete Jolly, Curtis Counce, and Shelly Manne – all working with Shorty in perfect west coast form! Despite the length of the tunes, the overall feel is similar to Rogers' excellent Wherever The Five Winds Blow album for RCA – and makes the record a great set, done without any gimmicks or tricks – and enough of the modern touch still left from Rogers' first few years on record. Titles include "Martians Go Home", "Trickleydidlier", "Not Really The Blues", and "Michele's Meditation". CD

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Shirley Scott/Yusef LateefSoul Song/The Diverse Yusef Lateef ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1968/1970. Used ... $12.99
Two lost funky records from Atlantic on one CD! Soul Song is a nice one by Shirley Scott – with more of a funk groove than earlier work, and a little bit more of a soul jazz sound than some of her Prestige albums. The record features Eric Gale playing some nice guitar, plus Stanley Turrentine blowing tenor on a number of cuts, and Shirley on organ, and even singing on one track. The tracks are a bit longer than usual, too – and titles include a cover of "Think", plus "Soul Song", "Mr. Businessman", "When A Man Loves A Woman", and "Like A Lover". The Diverse is one of the best of Yusef Lateef's Atlantic recordings, and one that offers a mix of his 2 different sides – his older spiritualist one, and his newer funkier one. Includes the tight groover "Live Humble", with nice conga work by Ray Barretto, plus the extended "Chandra" and "A Long Time Ago", both with nice exotic flute work by Yusef, and a weird mix of instruments, in the tradition of his older Savoy sessions. CD
(Out of print.)

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Bobby ShortOn The East Side/Moments Like This ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1959/1982. Used ... $7.99
... CD

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Ira Sullivan/Luis GascaHorizons/Little Giant ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1967/1969. Used 2 CDs ... $8.99
Two great lost titles from the Atlantic jazz catalog of the 60s! Horizons is a beautiful and oft-overlooked album of modal jazz tracks performed by Chicago jazz musician Ira Sullivan – who normally plays trumpet and tenor, but who also here shows his amazing talent on soprano sax. Sullivan plays in a great style that's almost a pop version of Coltrane's spiralling style on "My Favorite Things" – rolling the notes over and over in a beautiful exploratory style. This format works especially well on the set's longer tracks – like "Ninevah", "Horizons", and "Norwegian Wood" – but the whole thing's pretty great! Little Giant is a rare album by the great west coast Latin trumpeter Luis Gasca, and argubly the best album he ever recorded! The set was recorded in New York during the late 60's, and features a great lineup of musicians that includes Paul Griffin on piano, Joe Henderson on tenor, Herbie Hancock on piano, Mongo santamaria on conga, and Bernard Purdie on drums. The style's a mix of soul jazz, Latin, and bits of modal riffing – and the record features some beautiful large arrangements by Gasca and Mark Levine, in a style that's a bit like some of Duke Pearson's work from the late 60s, but handled with a bit more of an edge. Tracks include "Coisa No. 2", "Afro Blue", "Joy Ride", and "Sweet Pea". 2CDs at a nice nice price! CD
(Out of print.)

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Sonny Til & The OriolesLonely Christmas/What Are You Doing New Years Eve ... 7-inch
Collectables, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... $3.99
... 7-inch, Vinyl record
(In a Collectables sleeve.)

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Chick WillisStoop Down Baby, Let Your Daddy See ... CD
Collectables, 1970s. Used ... $6.99
A compelling classic of raunchy blues – and a real standout in the indie scene of the 70s! The album features a very unique first side – one that's almost a party record at points, as Chick Willis runs through a live 21 minute take on the title tune – complete with some very raunchy comedy in the middle! Side two has tracks that are a bit shorter, and more standard blues, but still pretty great – and titles on the record include "Something To Remember You By", "Stoop Down Baby", "My Story", "Mother Fuyer", "Sometime Soon", and "This Is My Life". You gotta love a record that lists the artist as "the stoop down man who tells the ladies to stoop down, then plays the guitar with his tongue!" CD
(Small cutout hole through case and artwork.)

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✨✧ Lavern Baker/Chris Connor/Herbie Mann/Bobby ShortNo Strings – An After Theater Version ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1962. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An "after theater" version of the Richard Rogers musical No Strings – done in a cool way that really changes the feel of the music! The "cast" for the set is an assortment of Atlantic Records artists from the early 60s – Herbie Mann, Chris Connor, Lavern Baker, and Bobby Short – all brought together to perform the tunes, which are recast nicely in arrangements by Mann, Al Cohn, and Bobby Scott. Chris Connor sings "The Sweetest Sounds", "No Strings", "Look No Further", and "Nobody Told Me"; Bobby Short sings "Be My Host", "An Orthodox Fool", and "The Man Who Has Everything"; Lavern Baker sings "Eager Beaver" and "Loads Of Love"; and Herbie Mann plays a cool Latinized version of "La La La". CD

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✨✧ Dizzy GillespieGiants/Portrait Of Jenny ... CD
Collectables, Early 70s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Portrait of Jenny is a sweet slow and groovy funk LP recorded by Dizzy for the Perception label. Similar to his other LPs from the time (like Soul & Salvation) in that it's got a cool electric feel that you don't really associate with Diz. But also unique in that it's got these beautiful long loping grooves, with excellent piano lines by Mike Longo, and sweet electric bass playing. 4 long cuts, including the great "Me N Them", plus "Olinga" and "Diddy Wa Diddy". Giants is a straighter set of tracks, and features Diz, Mary Lou Williams, and Bobby Hackett playing standards. Portrait of Jenny is what makes this one great, so just consider the other LP to be a bonus! CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode & booklet.)

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✨✧ Jimmy GiuffreJimmy Giuffre Clarinet ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful work from Jimmy Giuffre – and a key album in the development of his spare sound of the late 50s! The record features Jimmy on clarinet – as you'd guess by the title – but this is no hokey set of Benny Goodman or Buddy DeFranco-type tunes. Instead, Giuffre's using the clarinet in a way that predates 70s modernist styles – working in washes of sound and color that explore the instrument like few other players had even imagined at the time. The backing differs from track to track – as "So Low" features only a tapping foot behind Giuffre's clarinet, "Deep Purple" has backing on piano, and others like "The Sheeherder", "Quiet Cook", and "The Side Pipers" feature some lrger group backing, often with no piano. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jimmy Giuffre/Mabel MercerTravelin Light/Merely Marvelous ... CD
Collectables, 1958/1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
For some odd reason, the Collectables label chose to release albums by two different artists on one CD. We should be mad at them for that, but we can't get that angry, since we're extremely happy to have this Jimmy Giuffre album back in print again! Travelin' Light is one of Giuffre's best albums of all time, and the record is a perfect realization of his piano-less/bass-less trio style. The group is simply Bob Brookmeyer on trombone, Jim Hall on guitar, and Giuffre on reeds – and the sound is amazing! Notes hang in mid-air, slowly sliding around one another, flying freely from the players, yet still managing to swing in a beautiful way. The titles are a mix of standards and originals – but all tracks sound completely unique, with a sound unlike anything else we can describe. Cuts include "Swamp People", "Lonely Time", "Green Country", and "Travelin Light". The Mabel Mercer album? Consider it a bonus! CD

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✨✧ Johnny HartmanToday/I've Been There ... CD
Collectables, 1972/1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although not as classic as his "classic" recordings, these two albums recorded for Perception in the early 70s prove that Johnny was capable of stretching his bag, and not just a play-it-safe interpreter of syrupy ballads. Like a lot of the jazz recordings on Perception at the time (by the likes of Dizzy Gillespie and Shirley Horn), this set's got an edge you wouldn't expect – with some very hip arrangements overall that really sound great – performed on the first album by a quartet that includes George Coleman on tenor and Herman Foster on piano, and on the second album by a group with Ken Ascher on keyboards and Jimmy Heath on tenor and flute. The set features interpretations of material that range from brilliant, to daring but off-track – and titles include "Sunday Sun", "Feelin' Groovy", "I've Got To Be Me", "Didn't We", "Summer Wind", and "Betcha By Golly Wow". CD
(Out of print. Small cutout hole through case and artwork.)

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✨✧ Herbie MannBeat Goes On/Herbie Mann String Album ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A groovy as 60s flute jazz can get – and a double pack featuring 2 classic Atlantic albums by Herbie Mann! On The Beat Goes On, Herbie blows some nice funky flute over hip arrangements by Jimmy Wisner, Rene Hernandez, and Dave Pike! Herbie's group here features Roy Ayers on vibes – and the short tracks ring out with that cool pop soul jazz sound that you'd hear on good Atlantic albums from the same time. Includes Dave Pike's "Dream Garden", Herbie Mann's "West African High Life", and Herbie Hancock's "Hey Ho" – as well as the cuts "No Matter What Shape", "More Rice Than Peas, Please", "Soul Montuno", and "The Beat Goes On". Don't be put off by the title of The Herbie Mann String Album – this is a great record! Sure, there's "string" in the title – and on the record – but they're arranged by Arif Mardin and Torrie Zito with a soulful, slightly funky, very hip sound that reminds us a lot of work by Richard Evans and the Soulful Strings! In fact, Herbie's soloing on the tracks remind us a lot of some of the Soulful Strings' best tracks – which were usually driven by the jazzy flute of Lennie Druss. A lot more than you'd expect – and with great titles that include "Flight Of The Bluebird", "To Sir With Love", "Hold Back Just A Little", "Sports Car", "It Was A Very Good Year", and "Yesterday's Kisses". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Herbie MannLive At The Whisky A Go Go/Mississippi Gambler ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1969/1972. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 funky Herbie albums on one CD! On Live At The Go Go, Herbie kicked Johnny Rivers off the stage of The Whiskey – to lay down a hip set that features two album side-length jammers, played in a tripped-out, stretched-out, funky soul fashion! The group includes Roy Ayers, Steve Marcus, and Sonny Sharrock – and side one features Chris Hill's "Ooh Baby", and side two features a great version of Rufus Thomas' classic "Philly Dog". Mississippi Gambler has Herbie continuing his tour of the funky south begun with Memphis Underground – recording here at American Studios in Memphis (only 5 miles from Mississippi, we guess!), with a small combo that includes Bobby Emmons on organ, Bobby Wood on electric piano, and Reggie Young on guitar. There's a relaxed easy groove to the album that makes it one of Mann's most consistently satisfying funky albums – and David Newman turns out some great solos on tenor and flute, which really soup the record up! Tracks are long, and titles include "Dippermouth", "Mississippi Gambler", "Respect Yourself", and "Satisfaction". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sergio MendesSwinger From Rio/Beat Of Brazil ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1966/1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Here's a reissue we never thought we'd see in the US! The folks at Collectables have put together 2 of Sergio Mendes' rarest, and earliest, albums – both of which were released by Atlantic in the mid 60's, but recorded earlier. Swinger From Rio was a jazz-oriented session, recorded in New York with a crack band of American players, like Art Farmer, Hubert Laws, and Phil Woods – plus guest appearances by Antonio Carlos Jobim and Chico De Souza. The groove here is mostly bossa instrumental, and titles include "Maria Moita", "Primavera", "Pau Brazil", "Batida Diferente", "Sambinha Bossa Nova", and "The Dreamer". Beat Of Brazil continues the same sort of bossa jazz groove, but the session was recorded in Brazil, and was originally issued by Philips under the name of Sergio Mendes & Bossa Rio (his early sextet group). Titles on that one include "Nana", "Noa Noa", "Neurotico", "Primitivo", and "Coisa No 2". The whole CD's a double-length bossa jazz groove party, and it's done up in a nicer format than the usual Collectables release. What a deal! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ David NewmanLonely Avenue/Newmanism ... CD
Collectables, 1972/1974. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two of David Newman's best moments from the 70s – mostly because he was working with Roy Ayers, and picking up a hipper style than usual, which turned his sometimes sleepy horn into an instrument that was more ready to match the talents of emerging hip jazz funk artists on labels like Kudu and CTI. Roy's vibes can be heard on most of the tracks – and the records also have some nice keyboard work from either Pat Rebillot or Charles "Bags" Costello. Includes a great version of Roy's funky "Fuzz" , plus his tracks "Fire Weaver", "Foxy Brown" and "Sweet Tears". Other titles include "Symponette", "3/4/ Of The Time", "Brandy", "Song For The New Man", "Baby Rae", and "Let Me Know". CD
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✨✧ David Newman/Dizzy GillespieWeapon/At Home & Abroad ... CD
Collectables, 1957/1973. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 more lost jazz albums from the Atlantic catalog – one a funky bit of soul jazz, the other a tasty bop groover. David Newman's The Weapon features the funky sax player in a number of different electric combos, with players like Bernard Purdie, Richard Tee, Cornell Dupree, and others. The songs are a mixture of jazzy soloing and 70s soul arrangements, some with backing vocals by the Sweet Inspirations, in a style that Atlantic was using for other albums at the time. Tracks include "Yes We Can Can", "Happy Times", "Seems Like I Gotta Do Wrong", and "Freedom For The Stallion". Diz's album, Home & Abroad, is a much more straight-ahead jam – and features some of Dizzy's best bop playing of the late 50s. He's joined by groovy vocalist Joe Carroll on many numbers, and titles include "Just Blues", "Mrs. Diz", "Cognac Blues", "Blues Chante", and "This Is Happiness". A strange combo, but at this price, either one's a great deal, and together, how can you beat it? CD

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✨✧ Grassella OliphantGrass Roots/Grass Is Greener ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1967. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
2 great albums by drummer Grassella Oliphant recorded for Atlantic in the mid 60s – back to back on a single CD! 1965's Grass Roots is a moody set of tracks played by a small group that includes Harold Ousley on tenor and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes. Ousley's sound is amazing, and he hits these wonderful moments on some of the solos that will just blow you away. He almost never gets his due on wax, and this record is certainly one of his finest moments. Hutcherson's pretty darn great, too, and lays out some haunting lines on the vibes that match his best Blue Note playing. Titles include lots of originals by Ousley, including "Haitian Lady", "Mrs. O", "The Descendant", and "One For The Masses". Nice stuff, and one that hardly ever turns up! Grass Is Greener is a nice lost bit of funky soul jazz from the obscure drummer! The album's a stone groove, very much in the Blue Note mid 60s mode – and it features Big John Patton, Grant Green, and Harold Ousley. Includes the great groovers by Patton & Green, "The Yodel" and "Soul Woman", a nice cover of "Cantaloupe Woman", and a killer breakbeat version of "Get Out of My Life Woman", with very hard drums at the beginning! Very groovy and funky, in a way that's similar to some of John Patton's best work on Blue Note for the time. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Charlie PalmieriLatin Bugalu ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1968. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A darn tough one to find – and one of Charlie Palmieri's best records from the 60s! The session is an obscure one-off done for Atlantic in 1968 – and for some reason, the record was never issued as widely as some of Charlie's other sides for smaller labels during the time, making it one of the most hard-to-find chapters of his career. The tracks are played by a tight little Latin jazz combo – with Charlie on piano, Julian Priester on trombone, and Louis Ramirez on timbales – and the set is filled with some great original tunes that mix together boogaloo rhythms and straight ahead Latin jazz. Tracks include "Bugalu", "Mambo Show", "Panama's Boogaloo", and "Bitter Sweet" – plus a Latin soul instrumental reading of "Up Tight". CD
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✨✧ Ann RichardsAnn, Man! ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few albums ever recorded by 50s vocalist Ann Richards – best known for her work with Stan Kenton in the post-June Christy days, stepping out very nicely here in a small group session! Ann's definitely got a touch of the June in her approach – but she's also a bit warmer, and slightly more lusty, and sings here with good backing that includes guitar by Barney Kessel, playing in that spare moody way he used with Julie London on her Liberty sides. Titles include "An Occasional Man", "There's A Lull In My Life", "You Go To My Head", "And That's All", "Bewitched", and "How Do I Look In Blue". CD
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✨✧ Mongo SantamariaMongo '70/Mongo At Montreux ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1970/1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
During the early 70s, Mongo Santamaria moved to Atlantic records – which was a perfect place for him to expand his groove past the hard Latin soul of his Columbia years, into an excellent sound that mixed funk and Latin and soul and jazz! On these two albums, Mongo is still working with his classic arranger – trumpeter Marty Sheller, the man who knew how to pack an incredible amount of power in one tiny groove! Neal Creque joined Mongo on loan from Pucho's group – and he also contributed a lot of nice tracks to the first album, like his classic "Windjammer", plus "Look Away", "The Whistler", and "Mo' Do". Other players are equally nice – and include Roger Glenn, Armando Peraza, Angel Allende, and Sonny Henry. Other tracks include "Grass Roots", "Conversation In Drums", "Marty's Tune", "Disappear", "Come Candela", "Climax", "Night Crawler", and "March Of The Panther". CD

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✨✧ Bobby ScottTaste Of Honey/The Compleat Musician ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Forget everything you've ever heard about the song "A Taste Of Honey" – because long before it became an oft-covered upbeat trumpet tune, it was the bittersweet theme to one of the darker works of the 60s. This album – a beautiful set of jazz tracks written by pianist Bobby Scott – was the soundtrack for the dramatic work Taste Of Honey, performed on Broadway and immortalized forever as one of the British "angry young man" film classics of the 60s. Scott's score is perfect for the play – filled with dark moody passages, augmented by the reed work of Frank Socolow – and the unresolved introspective quality of the material is every bit as haunting as the film. Titles include "Peter's Vamp", "Rain Music", "Bridge Scene", "Peter's Theme", and "Heat Music". The Compleat Musician features a more polished side of Bobby – as it features him singing and playing piano in front of a set of large group arrangements that he conducts. In a way, the album reminds us of some of the middle period work of Harry Connick Jr, with a strong appreciation for a classic jazz vocal style, but also a focus on the star qualities of the leader. Titles include "Lush Life", "The Prison Yard", "You're The Top", "Roses In The Rain", "Every Day", and "Way Down Yonder In New Orleans". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ VariousHistory Of Rock – 2 Decades Of Chart Topping Hits 1953 to 1973 (10 CD set) ... CD
Collectables, 1950s/1960s/Early 70s. Used 10 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Massive set with music from Bobby Day, Frankie Avalon, the Dells, the Box Tops, Dee Clark, Dion, Jerry Butler, Mel & Tim, Bobby Freeman, the Five Satins, the Capitols, the Dell Vikings, Dorsey Burnette, Bobby Lewis & much more. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roy AyersDaddy Bug/Virgo Vibes ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1967/1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
A blinding reissue of Roy's early jazz work for Atlantic! Both records are great, and feature super-hip lineups that include players like Herbie Hancock, Sonny Sharrock, Joe Henderson, Reggie Workman, Charles Tolliver, and Ron Carter. Despite the early placement of the material in Roy's career, his conception on the vibes is extremely mature, and both records represent a haunting new conception of the instrument that was to later emerge in full force on Roy's jazz funk albums for Polygram a few years later. These Atlantic sides are essential listening for Roy, and they're amazing little records that show a previously under-recognized side of his career. They're filled with great original tracks like "Ayerloom", "Virgo Vibes", "Glow Flower", "Shadows", and "Daddy Bug" – and the sound and package is excellent! CD
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✨✧ Art FarmerInteraction/Sing Me Softly Of The Blues ... CD
Collectables, 1963/1965. Used ... Out Of Stock
Reissue of two of Art Farmer's beautiful albums for Atlantic from the mid 60s! Both records have Farmer playing with modernist-oriented backing – one group is Jim Hall, Steve Swallow, and Walter Perkins; the other is Swallow, Steve Kuhn, and Pete LaRoca. As could be expected, these players have a much more open-ended sound than some of Farmer's other rhythm sections, and they offer him a complicated set of rhythms in which to interweave fragile lyrical solos. The albums are both great, and have been unavailable for years and years – until this nicely priced reissue came out! Tracks include "Loads Of Love", "Sometime Ago", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Tears", "One For Majid", "Petite Belle", and "I Waited For You". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Ivory Joe HunterIvory Joe Hunter/Old & The New ... CD
Collectables/Atlantic, 1957/1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 classic late 50s albums by Ivory Joe – featuring 26 tracks that are a perfect example of his talent for mixing country music and blues, a style that would soon be taken up by many other singers in the 60s (Ray Charles, Brook Benton, and others), but which was virtually pioneered by Joe. Titles include "Since I Met You Baby", "Worried Mind", "One More Memory", "Someone", "To Lose You", "Moonlight & Roses", "It May Sound Silly", "Heaven Came Down To Earth", and "A Tear Fell". CD

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✨✧ Milt JacksonBallads & Blues/Bags & Flutes ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Late 50s. Used ... Out Of Stock
The title says it all with this one – as Milt Jackson plays a set of ballads, and a set of blues – but both in ways that really make the best of his warmly chromatic approach to the vibes! The players here vary on different tracks, but apart from MJQ regular John Lewis, the album also presents Jackson with some less-familiar associates who include Barney Kessel on guitar, Lucky Thompson on tenor, and Oscar Pettiford on bass. A few tracks on the album also feature an augmented woodwind section – and titles include "Bright Blues", "Hello", "They Didn't Believe Me", "The Song Is Ended", "So In Love", and "Gerry's Blues". Bags & Flutes is an excellent late 50s set for Atlantic very much in the style of Milt's classic Savoy sides from the preceding couple of years – mixing together his jazzy vibes with light lilting solos on flute, either by Bobby Jaspar or Frank Wess, Milt's old compatriot from the Savoy sessions. Piano is by Tommy Flanagan or Hank Jones, and Kenny Burrell plays guitar on the whole album. Tracks include "Ghana", "Connie's Blues", "Sandy", "I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over" and "Bag's New Groove". CD
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✨✧ Elvin JonesAnd Then Again/Midnight Walk ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1965/1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 rare albums by Elvin Jones – both excellent, and both among some of his best work ever as a leader! And Then Again is a very nice session from the mid 60's that features arrangements by Melba Liston. Jones brings in some excellent accompaniment from brothers Thad and Hank, who show their modernist tendencies more strongly here than in other work from the time – and he's also joined by Charles Davis, Don Friedman, and Frank Wess. Most of the tracks on the album – such as "Azan", "Elvin Elpus", and "All Deliberate Speed" – are tightly snapping Melba Liston arrangements with a good mix of bop and modernist ideas, but one track – "And Then Again" – is a very nice improvised piece by the group. Midnight Walk has Elvin Jones playing with Dollar Brand on piano on a number of cuts, and with a sound that's a lot more like some of Brand's Afro-grooves than it is like some of Jones' other straight jazz albums. The highlight here is "Midnight Walk", but there's loads of other originals – including many written by Thad Jones, who's also on the set, and who plays in a surprisingly open-ended way that differs greatly from his 50's Blue Note recordings. Other titles include "H.M on F.M", "The Juggler", "All Of Us", and "Cross Purpose". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Herbie MannHerbie Mann Plays The Roar Of The Greasepaint , The Smell Of The Crowd/Today! ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1965/1966. Used ... Out Of Stock
2 more 60s classics by Herbie – with some very groovy flute jazz tracks! Herbie Mann Plays The Roar Of The Greasepaint has kind of a silly gimmick, but the album's a nice one! Herbie plays flute over arrangements of tunes from this famous 60s musical – and although the arrangements are done by Ray Ellis, they've got a lot more of a groove than his usual work, and mostly bounce along in a jaunty mode that's a perfect foil for Herbie's flute style. Titles include "The Joker", "This Dream", "Who Can I Turn To", "Sweet Beginning", and "Feeling Good". On Today!, Herbie's soulful flute is set to large arrangements by Oliver Nelson – the man who was making it big with many other jazz soloists in the 60s. This album's different than most other Nelson hard-swinging efforts in that it's got a great group that features Jimmy Owens on trumpet, Dave Pike on vibes, and Patato Valdes on percussion. Tracks include "Arrasto", "Today", "Yesterday", "The Night Before", and "If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody". Great op-art cover, too! It hurts our eyes to look at it! CD

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✨✧ Jimmy Owens-Kenny Barron QuintetYou Had Better Listen ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1967. Used ... Out Of Stock
An oft-overlooked and surprisingly soulful session on Atlantic – a sublime pairing of the talents of trumpeter Jimmy Owens and pianist Kenny Barron! The set's got a groove that's pretty unique – not really Blue Note or Prestige – but not like other Atlantic Records jazz as well – almost more like some of the more soulful sides that would emerge in the early 70s! The combo is great – and also features Benny Maupin on reeds and Freddy Waits on drums – and the tracks are all longish, with interwoven modal grooves that show off the best of Barron's rhythmic approach to the piano – nicely punctuated by Owens' fiercely blown solos. The whole thing's incredibly fresh – one of those jazz albums that you'll hear on the radio, and turn it up, thinking "What the heck is that? I must own that record!" Titles include "You Had Better Listen", "Gichi", and "Carolina John". CD

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✨✧ Shirley ScottSomething ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1970. Used ... Out Of Stock
A groovy groovy electric set from Hammond giant Shirley Scott – a set that really kicks things up in the rhythm department, in a way ties the album as much to Atlantic Records soul of the 60s as it does to some of Scott's earlier work for Prestige! There's a great pulse at the bottom of the tunes – thanks to guitar work from Billy Butler and Eric Gale, and some sweet electric bass from Chuck Rainey – working here in the rhythm section with Jimmy Johnson on drums and Ralph MacDonald on congas. The combination of all these great players on one date really makes things cook – and Shirley's organ sounds groovier than ever – so much so, she also seems free to try out a few sounds here on piano and ondoline as well. Things take on a nicely trippy feel at times, and a funky groove at others – and titles include "I Want You Back", "Because", "Someday We'll Be Together", and "Can I Change My Mind". CD
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✨✧ Bobby ShortLive At The Cafe Carlyle ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1974. Used ... Out Of Stock
A double-length set – recorded on Bobby's home turf, with titles that include "Sorry Grateful", "Losing My Mind", "Miss Brown To You", "It's Not You", "I Happen To Like New York", "For All We Know", and "New Orleans Hop Scop Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bobby ShortSpeaking Of Love – The Songs Of Bobby Short/Sing Me A Swing Song ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1958. Used ... Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Frances Wayne/Jack WilsonWarm Sound/Jack Wilson Quartet Featuring Roy Ayers ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, Early 60s. Used ... Out Of Stock
Forget the Frances Wayne album on this CD – and go straight for the Jack Wilson album, which is one of our favorite jazz sides ever! Jack Wilson's a genius piano player – filled with a sense of soul and lyrical imagination that we can't even begin to compare to anyone else – which is why we probably rave about him so much on these pages. Just about all of his work is great, but one of the reasons why we love him so much is that he was often accompanied by Roy Ayers, who began his career playing straight jazzy vibes with Wilson, in one of the best jazz teams of the 20th Century. The two of them together are a dream, and this album is arguably their best effort – filled with moody modal cuts, rich soulful washes of sound, and lots of lyrical interplay between piano and vibes, soaring up into the heavens together, then diving quickly into pits of darkness. The album features some sublime versions of original tracks by Wilson – including "Harbor Freeway", "De Critifeux", and "Nirvana & Dana". The Frances Wayne album isn't bad – and features mellow vocals with jazz backing by Al Cohn, Hank Jones, Jerome Richardson, and other crack late 50s jazzers. Neal Hefti did the arrangements, and titles include "Early Autumn", "Caravan", "Soft Winds", and "Speak Low" – but we still like the Jack Wilson album best! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Young-Holt Unlimited/Slide HamptonOh Girl/Somethin' Sanctified ... CD
Atlantic/Collectables, 1961/1973. Used ... Out Of Stock
A strange pairing – but both albums are fantastic! Oh Girl is one of the best albums ever by the Young-Holt funky group. It's got a sweet electric sound that's different than their Brunswick releases, and it features a very dope 70s funky groove that rolls along nicely, and which features more than a few sample tracks. Bobby Lyle and Richard Tee make appearances on the record, and tracks include "Yes We Can Can", "Rubber Lips", "Oh Girl", "Food Stamps", and the massive "Bumpin On Young Street". Something Sanctified is of much earlier vintage, and features some hard-wailing arrangements by the most soulful trombonist we've ever heard! Some of the hardest swingin' stuff ever recorded by a band led by a trombone player. The album features great hardbop material played by a firey octet that includes Hobart Dotson, George Coleman, Larry Ridley, Charles Greenlee, and Richard Williams. Cuts include "El Sino", "Ow", "Milestones", and the stormin' title cut. Great stuff, and two soul jazz classics from 2 different ends of the 60s! CD

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✨✧ FlamingosFor Collectors Only ... CD
Rhino/Collectables, Late 50s/Early 60s. Used 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A great collection – loads of their fantastic work for End Records – 42 tracks in all! CD
(Out of print. Artwork has some light wear, but is fine overall.)

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✨✧ Sonny Sharrock/Freedom Sounds w/ Wayne HendersonBlack Woman/People Get Ready ... CD
Vortex/Atlantic/Collectables, 1969. Used ... Out Of Stock
An odd combination – but two very nice albums! Black Woman is one of the best-ever (or perhaps the best) Sonny Sharrock albums, and probably the toughest to find. Recorded in New York, with Dave Burrell on piano, Milford Graves on drums, and wife Linda on voice. The tracks are nice and moody, without the craziness that sometimes bogs down his later work. Linda doesn't get in the way too much, either, and her voice is a perfect accompaniment to the dark sound of the session. Side one features the tracks "Black Woman" and "Peanut", and side two has the band joined by Teddy Daniel on trumpet, and playing the tracks "Bialero", "Blind Willy", and "Portrait Of Linda In Three Colors, All Black". The Freedom Sounds were a side-project of funky trombonist Wayne Henderson – who was in the Jazz Crusaders at the time – and their LP is a nice, bouncy assortment of funky covers of sixties soul material, plus a few strong Henderson originals, wrapped up with the same rolling groove you might expect from the Jazz Crusaders. Really strident, with Henderson's trombone way in front and goofing around, almost like Fred Wesley. With the tracks "Cucamonga", "Orbital Velocity", and "Cathy The Cooker". CD
(Out of print.)

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