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CMU (Contemporary Music Unit)Open Spaces (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Tiger Bay (UK), 1971. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $19.99
A really great UK group from that magical time when a few key combos were effortlessly blending together jazz, rock, and some more experimental modes – coming up with a really special sound that makes a record like this an overlooked classic that maybe sounds better today than it did when it was released! The group clearly have jazz chops, but also play heavy guitars with some bluesy influences – yet with a sense of chromatic changes that really keeps things interesting without ever losing their focus. The lovely Larraine sings on a few tracks, sometimes wordlessly – and titles include "Henry", "Open Spaces", "Mystical Sounds", "Clown", "Slow & Lonesome Blues", and a version of the Pharoah Sanders tune "Japan". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Contemporary Jazz QuintetBlack Hole (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Strata/180 Proof, 1973. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99 29.99
A never-issued live set from Detroit's Contemporary Jazz Quintet – a group who were a key part of the Strata Records scene, and who are expanded here to a much larger lineup for this very freewheeling performance from 1973! The group's spiritual modernism is very strongly in place, but there's also some funky elements rumbling around in the rhythms – a vibe that's maybe somewhere in the territory of the double live electric albums from Miles Davis in the early 70s, but looser and with righteous energy that more strongly shows the lineup's ties to the Detroit scene. Players include Kenny Cox and Charles Eubanks on piano and keyboards, Ron English on guitar, Charles Moore on flugelhorn, Ron Brooks on bass, Marcus Townsend on saxes, Phil Mendelsohn on electronics, Danny Spencer and Bud Spangler on drums, and Adam Rudolph on congas – a large lineup that resonates with plenty of power together. The album features four long tracks, each without a title – and each a mighty nice jam! LP, Vinyl record album
(Previously unreleased limited edition of 1000!)

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New York Contemporary FiveConsequences ... LP
Fontana, 1963. Very Good+ ... $59.99
Searing work from the budding New York avant scene of the 60s – material that was some of the first to explode out of the city's new world of jazz – even though it only saw initial release overseas! The 1963 recording even predates the wave of groundbreaking ESP albums – and features a fantastic quintet with Archie Shepp on tenor, Don Cherry on trumpet, John Tchicai on alto, Don Moore on bass, and JC Moses on drums! The vibe is a bit like Shepp's initial work for Impulse – but also a bit more open and improvised, too – with a vibe that shows that even before the ESP label showed up to document the scene, masters like Shepp and company were already making amazing things happen. Titles include "Consequences", "Trio", "Rufus", "Sound Barrier", and "Wo Wo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with insert. Cover has some light wear, but is nice overall.)

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✨✧ New York Contemporary FiveLive At Koncertsal, Copenhagen 17/10/1963 ... LP
Alternative Fox (UK), 1963. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A rare live performance from this legendary avant jazz ensemble – recorded right around the same time as their initial album for Fontana Records overseas! The group were – and are – the stuff of legend – virtually the blueprint for a key strain of avant jazz to come, from the ESP years of the New York scene, to the loft jazz and European scenes to follow – with a killer lineup that features Archie Shepp on tenor, Don Cherry on trumpet, John Tchicai on alto, Don Moore on bass, and JC Moses on drums! The concert features three long tracks – each a balance between structure and improvisation – and titles include "Emotions", "Monk's Mood", and "Consequences". LP, Vinyl record album




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George CrumbAncient Voices Of Children/Music For A Summer Evening (Makrokosmos III) – Jan DeGaetani/Arthur Weisberg/Contemporary Chamber Ensemble/Gilbe ... CD
Nonesuch, 1971. Used ... $4.99
Songs based on texts from Federico Garcia Lorca with voices, electric piano, harp, and percussion – plus "Music For A Summer Evening" for two amplified pianos & percussion! CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny DorhamJazz Contemporary (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Time/Solid (Japan), 1960. Used ... $14.99
Great work from one of the hippest jazz contemporaries of the late 60s – trumpeter Kenny Dorham, a player who was really coming into his own by the time of this album! The record has Kenny with a nice sort of edge – not as boldly experimental as his 60s work for Blue Note, but definitely pushing things forward from the 50s – shaking off the sweet for a bit more bite, and working with a great lineup that includes Steve Kuhn on piano, Charles Davis on baritone sax, and either Jimmy Garrison or Butch Warren on bass. Kuhn and Davis really bring some interesting elements to the record – and titles include "Tonica", "Monk's Mood", "In Your Own Sweet Way", and "Horn Salute". Plus, the CD features some extra bonus tracks – alternate takes from the sessions! CD
(Includes obi.)

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Dakin HartMuseum Of Stones – Ancient & Contemporary Art At The Noguchi Museum ... Book
Giles (UK), 2016. New Copy ... About February 19, 2020 (delayed)
... Book

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Barney KesselKessel/Jazz – Contemporary Latin Rhythms ... LP
Reprise, 1961. Very Good ... $11.99
A wonderful wonderful set from Barney Kessel – bossa-inflected jazz, and a wonderful setting for Barney to hit some very groovy lines on electric guitar! The group on the date is part of the strength of the record – with Conte Candoli on trumpet, Emil Richards on vibes, Paul Horn on flute, and Victor Feldman on piano – with loads of great percussion and guitar interplay on the set, plus some excellent use of flute and vibes – all of which makes for the sort of session that really translates the Brazilian groove into the best sort of sound the LA scene was cutting at the time! Nice, light, and dancing rhythms – and titles that include "Love", "Days Of Wine & Roses", "Latin Dance #1", "Lady Byrd", and "One Note Samba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting on the seams.)

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Shelly ManneMy Fair Lady (Contemporary) ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Very Good+ ... $11.99
A key early entry in the "jazz meets Broadway" genre – and a record that was so successful, it went onto inspire countless imitations! Shelly Manne's working here in a lightly playful trio setting – alongside Andre Previn on piano and Leroy Vinnegar on bass, in a reading of tunes originally composed for the musical My Fair Lady. Given Manne's talent for unusual rhythms and melodic percussion, the session's got a bit of a whimsical edge that takes it way past the core compositions that most listeners already knew – into a realm that allows for much great improvisation and play with the melodies. Previn's nicely restrained on the keys, and Vinnegar adds in a good sense of bottom to the set – and titles include "Get Me To The Church On Time", "I Could Have Dance All Night", "Ascot Gavotte", "Show Me", and "With A Little Bit Of Luck". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove.)

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McJAD (Tony Gould & Keith Hounslaw)Introducing McJAD – Melbourne Contemporary Jazz Art Duo ... LP
Aija (Australia), 1978. Very Good ... $23.99
A rare set of improvised music from the 70s Australian scene – with Tony Gould on piano and Keith Hounslaw on cornet and flugelhorn! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, a light mark from a sticker in one corner, and a bit of marker in another corner.)

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Modern Jazz Society/John LewisModern Jazz Society Presents A Concert Of Contemporary Music (Verve pressing) ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $4.99
A mixture of Verve regulars and early third streamers join together in this one-off session designed as a focus on the writing talents of John Lewis. Most of the material takes off from Lewis' work with the MJQ, and the band includes two of his bandmates from that group, Connie Kay & Percy Heath – as well as soloists Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, Aaron Sachs, and Lucky Thompson. Titles include "Little David's Fugue", "Sun Dance", "Django", and "Midsommer". LP, Vinyl record album
(Flat edge Verve Records Inc pressing with trumpeter logo and deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, aged tape on the top seam and corners, and some correction fluid on front at the top.)

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Ralph ShapeyString Quartet VII – Quartet Of The Contemporary Chamber Players Of The University Of Chicago ... LP
CRI, 1977. Very Good+ ... $8.99
... LP, Vinyl record album

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ShipContemporary Folk Music Journey ... LP
Elektra, 1972. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $3.99
A surprising late folk entry in the Elektra Records catalog – recorded in the early 70s, and with some sublime production from the great Gary Usher! The sound is definitely contemporary folk, as promised in the title – but there's more of a singer/songwriter sensibility too – more mature songs than straighter folk, made even more so by Usher's production – and harmonies on some of the vocals that almost recall the post-folk world over at Atlantic. Steve Melshenker and Steve Cowan wrote the album, and do most of the vocals – and both play acoustic guitar too – alongside piano, flute, dobro, bass, and cello, which makes for a warm acoustic sound. Titles include "The Ship", "The Order", "The Man", "The Calm", "The Storm", "The Return", and "The Reason". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Tavener/Ferneyhough/Mellers/Graham/Iliff/Gowers/Ridout/Part/BurrellMandelion – Contemporary Music For Organ – Kevin Bowyer ... CD
Nimbus (UK), 1999. Used 2CD ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)



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VariousAccordian In Contemporary Netherlands Music ... CD
BFO/Radio Nederland (Netherlands), 1990. Used ... $0.99
Seven pieces – compositions date from the late 70's through the late 80's. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Elmo HopeElmo Hope Trio (Contemporary) ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Elmo Hope's best trio sessions from the west coast – and a record that really showcases on his skills as a writer as much as a player! The session features 7 original compositions, plus one standard – all done in a complex, modern mode by Hope with a trio that includes the excellent bass player Jimmy Bond, and drummer Frank Butler. Oddly, the session was also one of David Axelrod's first production efforts – not that you can really hear his trademark sound at this point – but it's a nice chapter in his rich legacy! Hope's stellar, as always – and the album's filled with great tracks that include "Barfly", "Boa", "Minor Bertha", "Tranquility", and "Something For Kenny". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing with a yellow label, pre-OJC. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Stan KentonContemporary Concepts (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Contemporary concepts that are as bold today as they were when first released in the mid 50s! Stan's at the height of his powers here – working with the brilliant Bill Holman to craft some incredible versions of tunes that had become jazz standards, tired ones at that – but which explode into new colors and tones in the hands of the Kenton magic! Titles include sublime readings of "What's New", "Stella By Starlight", "Yesterdays", "Cherokee", and "I've Got You Under My Skin" – and the CD features bonus material that includes "Opus In Chartreuse", "Opus In Turquoise", "Opus In Beige", and "Sunset Tower" – most of which were arranged by Gene Roland, and are even more modern than some of the other material. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Modern Jazz Society/John LewisModern Jazz Society Presents A Concert Of Contemporary Music ... CD
Norgran, Mid 50s. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A mixture of Verve regulars and early third streamers join together in this one-off session designed as a focus on the writing talents of John Lewis. Most of the material takes off from Lewis' work with the MJQ, and the band includes two of his bandmates from that group, Connie Kay & Percy Heath – as well as soloists Stan Getz, JJ Johnson, Aaron Sachs, and Lucky Thompson. Titles include "Little David's Fugue", "Sun Dance", "Django", and "Midsommer". In a great David Stone Martin cover, too! CD
(Out of print Verve Elite edition.)

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✨✧ Lutoslawski/Serocki/Kisielewski/Borkowski/Dutkiewicz/Rudzinski/TwardowskiPolish Contemporary Piano Music – Ewa Osinska & Andrzej Dutkiewicz ... CD
Olympia (UK), 1972/1973/1978. Used ... Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Anne Stewart O'DonnellMotawi Tileworks – Contemporary Handcrafted Tiles In The Arts & Crafts Tradition (hardcover) ... Book
Pomegranate, 2008. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A beautiful book that really follows up the image on the cover – offering up dozens of full color illustrations of contemporary ceramic work with a very vintage vibe – all tiles created by the Motawi Tileworks company in Ann Arbor, Michigan! The book is full color – and although the work is new, it feels like poring through some vintage catalog of arts and crafts materials from the early part of the 20th century. 112 pages, hardcover. Book

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✨✧ John Cage/Pauline Oliveros/Ben JohnstonContemporary Contrabass – 26'1.1499"/Outline/Casta Bertram – Bertram Turetzky/Nancy Turetzky/Ronald George ... LP
Nonesuch, Early 60s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)
 
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✨✧ Chet BakerWitch Doctor ... CD
Contemporary/Fantasy/OJC, 1985. Used ... $8.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Benny CarterJazz Giant ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... $4.99
With Ben Webster on tenor, Frank Rosolino on trombone, and Barney Kessel on guitar. Titles include "Blues My Naughty Sweetie Gives To Me", "Blue Lou", "A Walkin Thing", and "Old Fashioned Love". CD

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ChaussonQuartet In A Major Op 30 – Andre Previn/Feri Roth/Laurent Halleux/Cesare Pascarella ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Very Good ... $9.99
... LP, Vinyl record album
(Deep groove stereo pressing.)

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Buddy ColletteMan Of Many Parts ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... $4.99
Buddy Collette's definitely a man of many parts here – and many talents too, considering the reedwork on the set! Buddy plays alto, tenor, clarinet, and flute – using the horns with wonderful invention that really showcases his unique style of the time – that mix of modern and playful modes you'd hear in the Chico Hamilton group when Collette was around! The album features a few different groups, too – with players who include Gerald Wilson on trumpet, Ernie Freeman or Gerald Wiggins on piano, Red Callender on bass, and Larry Bunker on drums. Titles include "Ruby", "Cycle", "Cheryl Ann", "Jazz City Blues", "Zan", and "Jungle Pipe". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Bob CooperCoop – The Music of Bob Cooper ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A tremendous early album from this west coast tenorist – really breaking out here in a smaller group setting than usual! Coop plays tenor, in a group with Victor Feldman on vibes, Loy Levy on piano, Frank Rosolino on tormbone, and Mel Lewis on drums! LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Teddy EdwardsHeart & Soul ... LP
Contemporary, 1962. Very Good+ ... $9.99
One of our favorite albums by Teddy Edwards – and one with some organ in the group! This obscure quartet side has Gerry Wiggins playing a rare bit of Hammond – grooving the group with a lean and open-ended soul jazz approach that really has Edwards blowing at his best! The style sits right up there next to Gene Ammons' best albums of the time, and the rest of the group features Leroy Vinnegar on bass and Milt Turner on drums. Titles include "Smokin", "No Regrets", "A Bag Of Blues", "Wiggin", and "Little Steddy" – all originals that get Edwards past the usual bag of soulful standards! LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Teddy Edwards & Howard McGheeTogether Again! ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... $5.99
Two of the best west coast boppers of the postwar years – back together again in a killer revival date cut by Contemporary Records! As the title implies, the set's got a backward-looking sort of feel – at least for the early 60s recording date – but from the perspective of our generation, the whole thing merges nicely into the classic sound of LA bop – perhaps extending out the original Central Ave groove a bit more, thanks to the generous recording spirit of Contemporary, and the longer tracks on the date. Edwards plays tenor, McGhee plays trumpet, and other players include Phineas Newborn on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Ed Thigpen on drums. Titles include "Together Again", "You Stepped Out Of A Dream", "Up There", "Perhaps", "Misty" and "Sandy". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Peter ErskinePeter Erskine ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1982. Used ... $18.99
A great bit of soulful fusion from drummer Peter Erskine – one of the few albums he made as a leader of this nature, even though his playing graced lots of other wonderful records at the time! The approach here is tight, but never too much so – smooth, but never slick – a warmly electric groove that's really a lot more in a mid-70s sort of style than you'd expect from the early 80s date of the album. Other players here are all well-suited for the set – and include Randy Brecker on trumpet, Michael Brecker on tenor, Bob Mintzer on tenor, Don Grolnick on electric piano, Eddie Gomez on bass, Don Alias on percussion, and Mike Mainieri on vibes – and titles include "Leroy Street", "In Statu Nascendi", "All's Well That Ends", "My Ship", and "ESP". CD
(Out of print.)

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Art FarmerOn The Road ... LP
Contemporary, 1976. Very Good+ ... $11.99
One of Farmer's best sessions of the 70s – recorded in a mode that's a bit freer than usual, with a group that includes Hampton Hawes, Ray Brown, and either Steve Ellington or Shelly Manne on drums. Art Pepper sits in on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – and it's his tone and edgieness that really opens things up, casting Farmer's work on flugelhorn in a light that's darker than usual, filled with shadows that haven't crept into his playing for years, creating a depth to the record that really keeps us listening. Titles include "Downwind", "Namely You", "What Am I Here For?", and "Will You Still Be Mine?" LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label 70s pressing.)

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Art FarmerPh D ... CD
Contemporary, 1989. Used ... $4.99
A great later date from trumpeter Art Farmer – who also plays flugelhorn here – recorded with the mighty Clifford Jordan on tenor, plus Kenny Burrell on guitar, James Williams on piano, Rufus Reid on bass, and Marvin Smitty Smith on drums! CD
(Out of print.)

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Terry GibbsTerry Gibbs Dream Band Vol 4 – Main Stem ... CD
Contemporary, 1961. Used ... $2.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Terry GibbsTerry Gibbs Dream Band Vol 5 – The Big Cat ... CD
Contemporary, 1961. Used ... Just Sold Out!
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Terry GibbsTerry Gibbs Dream Band Vol 6 – One More Time ... CD
Contemporary, 1959. Used ... $3.99
A previously-unreleased live date from the late 50s! CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Benny GolsonBenny Golson's New York Scene ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... $9.99
An excellent album recorded during the height of Benny Golson's powers as an arranger and tenor soloist! Benny leads two groups – a quintet and a nontet – both of which feature players that include Art Farmer, Wynton Kelly, Sahib Shihab, Gigi Gryce, and Paul Chambers – working with arrangements by Golson and Gryce that are very much in the spirit of Benny's classic The Modern Touch album – with a similar blend of tight conception and soulfully confident solo work! Titles include sharp arrangements of many Golson originals – like "Step Lightly", "Whisper Not", "Blues It", and "Just By Myself" – plus a good reading of Gryce's "Capri". CD

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Hampton HawesAll Night Session Vol 1 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... $9.99
A noteworthy session from pianist Hampton Hawes – a rare quartet session from the 50s (at a time when Hawes was mostly working in trios) – and also a three volume set of releases, all recorded in the space of a single night! The album is truly an All Night Session – as the material here was recorded during the night of November 12 and early morning hours of November 13, 1956 – with an unusual group that features Hawes on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, Bruz Freeman on drums, and Jim Hall on guitar! Hall's ringing tones are a perfect partner for Hawes' light approach to the keys – and the relaxed, extended nature of the recording has both players really opening up on some of the album's longish tracks. Titles on this volume include "Jordu", "Groovin High", "Takin Care", and "Hampton's Pulpit". CD

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✨✧ Hampton HawesAll Night Session Vol 2 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... $6.99
A noteworthy session from pianist Hampton Hawes – a rare quartet session from the 50s (at a time when Hawes was mostly working in trios) – and also a three volume set of releases, all recorded in the space of a single night! The album is truly an All Night Session – as the material here was recorded during the night of November 12 and early morning hours of November 13, 1956 – with an unusual group that features Hawes on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, Bruz Freeman on drums, and Jim Hall on guitar! Hall's ringing tones are a perfect partner for Hawes' light approach to the keys – and the relaxed, extended nature of the recording has both players really opening up on some of the album's longish tracks. Titles on this volume include "I'll Remember April", "I Should Care", "Woody'N You", "Two Bass Hit", "Will You Still Be Mine", "April In Paris" and "Blue 'N Boogie". CD

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✨✧ Hampton HawesAll Night Session Vol 3 (with bonus track) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... $11.99
A noteworthy session from pianist Hampton Hawes – a rare quartet session from the 50s (at a time when Hawes was mostly working in trios) – and also a three volume set of releases, all recorded in the space of a single night! The album is truly an All Night Session – as the material here was recorded during the night of November 12 and early morning hours of November 13, 1956 – with an unusual group that features Hawes on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, Bruz Freeman on drums, and Jim Hall on guitar! Hall's ringing tones are a perfect partner for Hawes' light approach to the keys – and the relaxed, extended nature of the recording has both players really opening up on some of the album's longish tracks. Titles on this volume include "Blues #4", "Blues #3", and "Do Nothin Till You Hear From Me". Includes the bonus track "Blues Of A Sort". CD
(Out of print.)

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Hampton HawesHampton Hawes Trio Vol 1 ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Leaping brilliance on the keys from a young Hampton Hawes – a player who makes this record bristle with excitement from the very first note! The format is simple, but the presentation here is breathtaking – a rock-solid trio performance that shows why Hawes was one of the greatest talents on the keys to come out of the west coast in the 50s – one with the fluidity of some of the better-known crossover players of the era, but the harder edge and sharper notes of the boppers, plus just a touch of nascent soul jazz in the rhythms. Backing is by Red Mitchell on bass and Chuck Thompson on drums – and titles include "Hamps Blues", "Carioca", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Blues The Most", "Easy Living" and "All The Things You Are". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Hampton HawesI'm All Smiles ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1966. Used ... $8.99
Beautiful 60s work from Hampton Hawes – a set from the middle of the decade, a period when he wasn't recorded all that often – but one not issued by Contemporary until his American revival in the 70s! The group's got a wickedly fluid feel – not just Hamp's always-amazing piano, but also great drums from Donald Bailey and some especially great bass from Red Mitchell – really hitting those rounded, warm tones that would flower even more boldly during his time overseas. The sound is great – almost more of a Saba/MPS piano set than the usual Contemporary bag – and titles include "I'm All Smiles", "Searchin", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Spring Is Here", and "Manha De Carnaval". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Hampton HawesThis Is Hampton Hawes – Vol 2 The Trio ... CD
Contemporary, 1956. Used ... $7.99
The darkly brooding image of Hampton Hawes on the front cover of this one is a real standout in the mostly-sweet cover lineup of the Contemporary label – but it's also a great indication of the sound of the record, which is something different than most of its contemporaries! Hawes is working here at his top-shelf early best – stepping around the keys of the piano with a sense of grace and spaciousness – but also a hard-hitting, highly rhythmic mode on the left – a bit soul jazz at times, mixing earthy elements with the sweeter, lyrical moments in his solos. Rhythm is by the team of Red Mitchell and Chuck Thompson – and titles include "Yesterdays", "Blues For Jacque", Stella By Starlight", "Steeplechase", "Round Midnight", "Autumn In New York" and "Section Blues". CD

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Mel HenkeNow Spin This! ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Very Good ... $4.99
Mel's second album for Contemporary – and every bit as great as the first! The album features Mel on piano, working in quartet format with guitar, bass, and drums – playing lively and playful arrangements of familiar tunes, in a mode that was similar to the live performance style that made Mel a popular act for years in LA. The mode is a fun one – but not too silly – and the tracks have a fresh swing that's quite surprising! Titles include "Toccata", "Little Rock Getaway", "In A Little Spanish Town", "Frenzied Flight", "Cocky Coo Coo Clock", and "Tea For Two". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split spine.)

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Bobby HutchersonSolo/Quartet ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1981. Used ... $16.99
Bobby Hutcherson breaks it down in two different ways – solo on the first half of the record, and in a quartet on the rest! The set begins in a very spare way – Bobby playing vibes, marimba, xylophone, and bells – often a bit overdubbed, so that although alone, Hutcherson fills the tracks with a rich palette of sound – glowingly rhythmic lines that ring out with plenty of soul, and showcase a really under-tapped side of Bobby's talents! Remaining tracks are equally great, but in a totally different way – played by a righteous lineup that includes McCoy Tyner on piano, Herbie Lewis on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – really working together beautifully in ways that make the album feel like a lost 70s soul jazz set. Forget Hutcherson's slick look on the cover – because this album's drenched in open, honest, acoustic feeling – a rich tapestry of sound and emotion, on tracks that include "Gotcha", "The Ice Cream Man", "For You Mom & Dad", "Messina", "My Foolish Heart", and "La Alhambra". CD
(Out of print, name in pen on booklet cover & a cutout mark through the spine.)

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Barney KesselLet's Cook! ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Very Good ... Just Sold Out!
Well, if you've ever heard Barney play guitar, you know that he doesn't always cook – or at least not as hotly as other players – but this album is a nice batch of tracks that goes way beyond Kessel's usual uptight sound. Most of the cuts are very long, and they feature open-ended jam session playing by 2 groups – one with Victor Feldman, Hamp Hawes, and Leroy Vinnegar; the other with Ben Webster, Frank Rosolino, and Jimmie Rowles. Titles include "Jersey Bounce", "Let's Cook", and "Just In Time". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label pressing. Cover has some wear, a wrinkled corner, and some pen on front & back.)

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Barney KesselSome Like It Hot ... LP
Contemporary, 1959. Very Good ... $24.99
A pretty nice jazz tribute to the Billy Wilder film of the same name – and one that reprises a number of tunes from the film, especially popular songs of the 20s – but brings them back in a way that's still got plenty of hip 50s jazz touches! The record's nicely without the hoke that came with a lot of the music in the movie – thanks to a lineup that includes Art Pepper (on tenor, alto, and clarinet!), Joe Gordon, Jimmy Rowles, and Jack Marshall – playing a bit of rhythm guitar in addition to Barney Kessel's main solo one! And if there ever was a record to illustrate the old jazz adage "it ain't the song, it's the singer", this record may be it – because Barney and crew really work some magic with old chestnuts like "I Wanna Be Loved By You", "Sugar Blues", "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Runnin Wild", "By The Beautiful Sea", and "I'm Through With Love". CD features 2 bonus tracks! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some splitting in the spine.)

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Barney KesselTo Swing Or Not To Swing – Barney Kessel Vol 3 ... LP
Contemporary, 1955. Good+ ... $5.99
Given Barney's touch on the guitar, you can bet that a record like this hardly could claim "not to swing" – and the session's a tight groover done in a way that clearly marks Kessel as one of the best guitar talents of his generation! The recording quality of the album is wonderful – and Kessel's right up front in the mix, often varying his tone slightly from track to track – in a way that makes for a wider voice on the session, but one that's also free from gimmicks. Other players include Bill Perkins, Jimmy Rowles, Georgie Auld, and Harry Edison – and titles include "Contemporary Blues", "Happy Feeling", "Begin The Blues", "Wail Street", "Don't Blame Me", and "Moten Swing". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear with tape along the spine.)

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Barney Kessel/Shelly Manne/Ray BrownPoll Winners – Straight Ahead ... LP
Contemporary, 1975. Near Mint- ... $19.99
A rare 70s reunion for the Poll Winners trio of Barney Kessel, Ray Brown, and Shelly Manne – one that has them all looking a bit shaggy on the cover, but still plenty darn tight in the grooves of the record! There's a really nice change here from the earlier sound of the group – longer tracks than before, played with a bit more sense of freedom by all players involved – but still with that tight comraderie that made the trio so great in the first place. Manne's rhythms are showing some of the looser modes of his later years – and that space is filled nicely by Kessel's still firm guitar lines and Brown's increasingly warm bass. Titles include "Blue Boy", "Caravan", "Someday My Prince Will Come", "Two Cents", and "One Foot Off The Curb". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original 70s presssing.)

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✨✧ Barney Kessel/Shelly Manne/Ray BrownPoll Winners Ride Again! (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1958. Used ... Just Sold Out!
A nice follow-up to the original Poll Winners set on Contemporary – one that features the trio of Barney Kessel, Shelly Manne, and Ray Brown – all working in a relatively relaxed setting, and hitting a vibe that's a bit more easygoing than you'd expect to catch for Contemporary at the time! The groove's surprisingly open and soulful, making the record feel a bit like a Prestige Swingville or Moodsville set – and it's especially nice to hear Kessel in such an unfettered set. Titles include "Foreign Intrigue", "Custard Puff", "Be Deedle Dee Do", "Volare", and "The Merry Go Round Broke Down". CD
(Out of print, 2006 pressing with 20-bit K2 mastering – includes obi.)

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Shelly ManneLive – Shelly Manne & His Men At The Manne Hole Vol 2 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... $6.99
An incredible record from Shelly Manne – one of his only dates recorded at The Manne Hole, even though it was his own club – and a killer live recording that was issued in a rare 2LP format for the time! The style here is similar to Manne's excellent recordings at the Blackhawk – open-ended, stretched out, and more freely expressive hardbop than on his 50s sides – played by a group that features plenty of excellent tenor from the great Richie Kamuca, plus trumpet from Conte Cantoli, piano from Russ Freeman, bass from Chuck Berghofer, and drums from Manne himself. As with the Blackhawk date, many of the tunes are familiar, but open up mostly as longer solo vehicles – completely transformed by the efforts of the group and their freewheeling lines. Titles on this second volume include "What's New", "A Gem From Tiffany", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "If I Were A Bell". CD

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Shelly ManneMore Swinging Sounds (aka Swinging Sounds In Stereo) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... $18.99
One of the few great records that alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano cut with Shelly Manne – and a heck of a wonderful record that really set a new tone for Shelly's groove at the time! Things here are a bit looser and freer than before – longer tracks with more room for solos to really take flight – yet still a sense of modern arrangement that marked the Manne sound from its inception. The group's a quintet with Stu Williamson on trumpet, Russ Freeman on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Mariano on some especially nice alto solos – and the interplay between Charlie and Stu easily rivals the best Bethlehem recordings by the pair at the time. Titles include the excellent 10 minute "Pint Of Blues", an original by Charlie – plus Bill Holman's extended "Quartet", and versions of "The Wind", "Moose The Mooche", and "Tommyhawk". CD
(Out of print.)

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Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Friends ... LP
Contemporary, 1956. Very Good+ ... $19.99
With friends like these, it's easy to sound great – and the record's a trio classic from drummer Shelly Manne, cut with the same associates heard on his famous My Fair Lady album for Contemporary! Piano is by Andre Previn and bass is by Leroy Vinnegar – and as with the other set, Previn's a real surprise here – bursting forth with brightness and presence that are right at home in the setting, and which make us recast our previous conceptions of him as a more cocktail-styled player. The tunes are sometimes longish, which makes for some more inventive interplay between trio members – and titles include "Collard Greens & Black Eyed Peas", "Squatty Roo", "Tangerine", "The Girl Friend", "I Cover The Waterfront", and "Stars Fell On Alabama". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light aging.)

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Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Men Vol 1 – The West Coast Sound ... LP
Contemporary, Early 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
A pretty darn great record – the first full length LP cut by Shelly, issued by Contemporary in the mid 50s, and pulling together side from sessions in 1953, some of which were issued previously, others of which appear for the first time here. The tracks are short and playful – very much in the "west coast sound" noted in the title, with Shelly playing the kit in a creative and lyrical way, joined by horn work by players that include Joe Maini, Bill Holman, Jimmy Giuffre, Bob Enevoldsen, Art Pepper, and Bob Cooper. Titles include "Gazelle", "Sweets", "Mallets", "Fugue", "Grasshopper", and "Afrodesia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove and ink stamp. Cover has promo ink stamp on both sides.)

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✨✧ Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Men Vol 2 (10 inch pressing) ... LP
Contemporary, 1954. Very Good ... $14.99
One of Shelly Manne's best early sides – a session that features arrangements and tunes by some of the best of the west coast scene – Jimmy Giuffree, Bob Cooper, Shorty Rogers, Jack Montrose, and Marty Paich – played by a group that includes Paich, Manne, Russ Freeman, Shorty Rogers, Don Fagerquist, and Bob Enevoldsen. The tunes have that wonderful tightness of Manne's best 50s work – modern, but not stuffy, cool, but still swinging very very nicely! Titles include "Etude De Concert", "Shapes Motion Colors", "Dimension In Thirds", and "Alternation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some light wear, but no splits – nice overall.)

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Shelly ManneSwinging Sounds – Shelly Manne & His Men Vol 4 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... $13.99
Charlie Mariano was one of the best things to ever happen to Shelly Manne – as the young altoist's icy talent was a perfect match for Manne's west coast cool, but his Boston soul really added a lot more emotional depth than had ever been previously recorded on some of Manne's sessions. This obscure album, one of a few that Mariano cut with Manne, is a real gem. It's got the group grooving in tight cool boppish format, but Mariano's alto cuts across the lines of playing to take things to a whole new dimension. Titles include "The Dart Game", "A Gem From Tiffany", "Slan", "Doxy", and "Parthenia". CD
(Out of print.)

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Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 1 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $5.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this first volume include "Summertime", "Our Delight", "Poinciana", "Blue Daniel", and "Theme From A Gem From Tiffany". CD

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Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 3 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this third volume include "I Am In Love", "Whisper Not", and "Black Hawk Blues". CD
Also available Shelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 3 ... LP 11.99

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Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 3 ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Very Good+ ... $11.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this third volume include "I Am In Love", "Whisper Not", and "Black Hawk Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing – pre-OJC.)

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Shelly Manne, Andre Previn & Red MitchellBells Are Ringing ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... $11.99
An overlooked set from the late 50s show-meets-jazz run of Shelly Manne and Andre Previn – a cool jazz instrumental take on the score to Bells Are Ringing! As with other Manne/Previn pairings, the music is incredibly sprightly – some of the best jazz Andre ever recorded in the 50s, with piano lines that are a lot more fluid and freewheeling than on his mood music sets for other labels – and Manne's careful approach to percussion makes for lots of light, lyrical rhythms – which have plenty of support in spirit from the wonderful bass of Red Mitchell. Titles include two versions of "The Party's Over" – one slow, one as a "party" version – plus "I Met A Girl", "Just In Time", "It's A Perfect Relationshi", "Is It A Crime", "Mu Cha Cha", and "Long Before I Knew You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Mark Mothersbaugh/Adam LernerMark Mothersbaugh – Myopia (hardcover) ... Book
Museum Of Contemporary Art Denver, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 40.00
A deep dig inside the mind of Mark Mothersbaugh – a musician that most folks know for his role in Devo, and his soundtrack material too – but also a visual artist with a legacy that's maybe even more mindblowing than his work on record! The book is the first we've ever seen to look at this side of Motherbaugh's career – and it more than makes up for lost time with a huge amount of images that document his paintings, sculptures, photographs, and other odd creations – even his handmade postcards, which may well be the most compelling of the bunch! The book also features an interview with Mark, by co-author Adam Lerner – who contributes other text, too – and there's even an introduction by director Wes Anderson. 255 pages, full color, and as fantastic inside as it looks on the outside! Book

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Phineas NewbornBack Home ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1976. Used ... $9.99
Previously unreleased material recorded by Phineas Newborn for Contemporary Records – a set that has him ringing out the notes in ways that are almost earthier than in earlier years – sometimes bluesy, but other times with almost a more traditional approach to the keys! There's a timeless sensibility here that's a bit hard to describe – and you can definitely hear that Phineas has been soaking it up strongly over the years, and works hard to get his musical vision out in the studio – sometimes sacrificing his lighter touch for a stiffer, almost startling approach to the keys. Ray Brown is on bass and Elvin Jones is on drums – and titles include "Sugar Ray", "Ill Wind", "Back Home", "Pamela", "On Green Dolphin Street", and "Love For Sale". CD
(Out of print, cutout notch through spine.)

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Phineas NewbornGreat Jazz Piano Of Phineas Newborn Jr ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1962. Used ... $4.99
Wonderfully romping work from Phineas Newborn – and a great showcase for the harder side of his sound on the piano, something that didn't always show up on his RCA albums of the 50s! The style here has plenty of bluesy overtones – not in a cliched soul jazz way, but in an earthy mode that's natural and spontaneous – thanks, possibly, to some excellent rhythm accompaniment from the team of Sam Jones and Louis Hayes, who work with Phineas on side two of the record. Side one features Leroy Vinnegar and drummer Milt Turner – and titles include the originals "Theme For Basie" and "New Blues" – plus versions of "This Here", "Way Out West", "Four", and Bud Powell's "Celia". CD

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✨✧ Phineas NewbornNewborn Touch ... LP
Contemporary, 1964. Very Good+ ... $29.99
The Newborn Touch is always a great one, but it sounds especially nice on this record – a set that seems to go even farther than any of Phineas' earlier trio sessions! There's an almost-ambitious sound to the record that we really like a lot – one that possibly comes from Newborn's choice of compositions for the set, a great bag of non-standard tunes from some of his west coast contemporaries – tracks penned by Ornette Coleman, Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Woods, and others – some of which are decidedly more modern than the material that Newborn usually plays! There's a complexity here that's great – but one that still doesn't forget Newborn's down-home roots – and titles include "A Walkin Thing", "Be Deedle Dee Do", "The Blessing", "Diane", "Pazmuerte", "Hard To Find", and "Blue Daniel". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing.)
Also available Newborn Touch (with bonus tracks) ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Phineas NewbornNewborn Touch (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1964. Used ... $9.99
The Newborn Touch is always a great one, but it sounds especially nice on this record – a set that seems to go even farther than any of Phineas' earlier trio sessions! There's an almost-ambitious sound to the record that we really like a lot – one that possibly comes from Newborn's choice of compositions for the set, a great bag of non-standard tunes from some of his west coast contemporaries – tracks penned by Ornette Coleman, Art Pepper, Hampton Hawes, Jimmy Woods, and others – some of which are decidedly more modern than the material that Newborn usually plays! There's a complexity here that's great – but one that still doesn't forget Newborn's down-home roots – and titles include "A Walkin Thing", "Be Deedle Dee Do", "The Blessing", "Diane", "Pazmuerte", "Hard To Find", and "Blue Daniel". CD
Also available Newborn Touch ... LP 29.99

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Phineas NewbornPlease Send Me Someone To Love ... LP
Contemporary, 1969. Near Mint- ... $9.99
A really bold little record from Phineas Newborn – one that certainly has some of the bluesy overtones that you might guess from the title, but which also has other numbers that really leap along the keys! There's a fluid beauty here that really has Newborn at the top of his game – still drenched in the sounds of his Memphis roots, but also picking up some of the looser, livelier styles of the time of this recording – helped, no doubt, by the work of Elvin Jones on drums and Ray Brown on bass. Titles include "Rough Ridin", "Brentwood Blues", "Come Sunday", "Little Niles", and "Stay On It". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label pressing.)

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Phineas NewbornWorld Of Piano ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... $4.99
Maybe not a "world" of piano, but a real classic from Phineas Newborn – a record that marks a harder, more soulful sound than some of his 50s work – shaking free from some of his flowery touches on the keys, and digging much deeper into the groove of his Memphis roots! The sound here is really tremendous – boldly leaping forth from the keys with a strength that's really surprising – but still sensitive enough to slide in a few more contemplative notes when the moment calls – sometimes while Newborn is still racing down the keys at breakneck speed! Rhythm on both sides is great – with Paul Chambers & Philly Joe Jones on side one, and Sam Jones and Louis Hayes on side two – and titles include "Cheryl", "Manteca", "Oleo", "Daahoud", "Cabu", and "For Carl". CD

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✨✧ Phineas NewbornWorld Of Piano (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1961. Used ... $19.99
Maybe not a "world" of piano, but a real classic from Phineas Newborn – a record that marks a harder, more soulful sound than some of his 50s work – shaking free from some of his flowery touches on the keys, and digging much deeper into the groove of his Memphis roots! The sound here is really tremendous – boldly leaping forth from the keys with a strength that's really surprising – but still sensitive enough to slide in a few more contemplative notes when the moment calls – sometimes while Newborn is still racing down the keys at breakneck speed! Rhythm on both sides is great – with Paul Chambers & Philly Joe Jones on side one, and Sam Jones and Louis Hayes on side two – and titles include "Cheryl", "Manteca", "Oleo", "Dahoud", "Cabu", and "For Carl". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)

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Red NorvoMusic To Listen To Red Norvo By ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Near Mint- ... $14.99
Red Norvo's dragged his vibes out into a field of wildflowers – and while we hate to think what that's done to the sound of his instrument (not to mention his hayfever), we can definitely say that the album's a groovy treat from the decade when Red was turning out some of his finest music ever! The "Music To Listen To" title is a nod towards some of the mood music sets of the time – but that quality is here in title only, as the album's definitely an all-jazz affair – one that expands out the original Norvo trio sound to sextet formation – getting some wonderful sounds from Buddy Collette on flute, Bill Smith on clarinet, Barney Kessell on guitar, Red Mitchell on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums – all players who can hit the fresh, modern tones that Norvo's known for, but who also help things swing nicely overall. The flute/clarinet mix is especially sweet – a fluttering, bird-like sort of reed effect – and titles include "Divertimento", "Red Sails", "Poeme", "Rubricity", and "The Red Broom". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Art PepperArt Pepper + Eleven (plus 3 bonus tracks) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1959. Used ... $6.99
A unique large group session from Art Pepper – one of his few this way as a leader, despite constant 50s presence as a sideman in big ensembles! Arrangements are by Marty Paich, who more than makes things swing – and there's a nice rhythm section dancing underneath a larger group – with Russ Freeman on piano, Joe Mondragon on bass and Mel Lewis on drums. Players in the fuller lineup include Jack Sheldon on trumpet, Herb Geller on alto, Bill Perkins on tenor, and Bob Enevoldsen on trombone and tenor – and titles are mostly modern numbers written by other jazzmen like Horace Silver, Denzil Best, Jimmy Giuffre, and Sonny Rollins. Titles include "Groovin High", "Move", "Four Brothers", "Anthropology", and "Airegin". CD features 3 bonus tracks! CD

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Art PepperThursday Night At The Village Vanguard Vol 1 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1977. Used ... $5.99
A rather late recording for Pepper, but a great one played with some fierceness that you might not expect from the date of the recording. It helps that he's accompanied by a remarkable rhythm section of George Cables, George Mraz and Elvin Jones, all seasoned vets by this point, and playing with the same tenacity as Art, on extended takes of "Valse Triste", "Goodbye", "Blues For Les" and "My Friend John". CD

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Andre Previn & Russ FreemanDouble Play! ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Very Good ... $19.99
A goofy title and cover – but a really unique session of two-piano jazz, recorded with Russ Freeman and Andre Previn on the keys, plus only the drums of Shelly Manne to provide additional support! The sound is really great – and Previn's especially wonderful here, really stretching out to meet the harder style of Freeman. Both players also seem really inspired by Manne's drum work – and in a way, it almost feels like Shelly's directing the piano from the drum kit, especially on the more uptempo numbers. The notes do a very detailed job of breaking down the piano work, so that you can figure out who's soloing when – and titles include "Who's On First", "In The Cellar Blues", "Called On Account Of Rain", "Fungo", "Safe At Home", and "Double Play". Baseball, anyone? LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing.)

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✨✧ Prince Lasha & Sonny SimmonsFirebirds ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1967. Used ... $9.99
One of Lasha & Simmons firey collaborations from the mid 60's! Both players are at the top of their form, and the backing – by Bobby Hutcherson, Buster Williams, and Charles Moffett – provides a hard rythmic drive that sets their solos on edge and really gives them focus. Lasha plays flute, alto, and alto clarinet, and Simmons plays alto and a bit of English horn. Great stuff, and beautiful mix of out sensibilities and tight rhythm playing. With the tracks "Island Song", "Firebirds", and "Psalms Of Solomon". CD
(Out of print.)

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Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All StarsHoward Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars Vol 2 (10 inch LP) ... LP
Contemporary, 1953. Very Good+ ... $14.99
Great early work from Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse group – working here at a level that's almost more freewheeling than on some of their later Contemporary albums! The format's still very much in place here – a host of key All Stars who include Milt Bernhart on trombone, Russ Freeman on piano, Jimmy Giuffre and Bob Cooper on tenors, and Shelly Manne on drums – but there's almost a more "live" sort of energy overall – a bit more boppish and open, with each new player leaping freely into the fray. Titles include "Luau", "The Duke You Say", "The Big Top", "Sunset Eyes", "Comin' Thru The Rye Bread" and "Taking A Chance On Love". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing with deep groove. Cover has a peeled spot in the top right.)

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Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All StarsHoward Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars Vol 4 – Oboe/Flute ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956. Used ... $9.99
Sheesh, Howard Rumsey sure knew how to stick his name on a lot of records! (He must have been trying to give Norman Granz and Leonard Feather a run for their money!) Fortunately, most of them were also great – like this one, which features flute duets between Bob Cooper and either Bud Shank or Buddy Collette, over rhythms by Sonny Clark or Claude Williamson on piano, Max Roach or Stan Levy on drums, and Howard Rumsey on bass (actually making a rare appearance on wax here!) Titles include "Aquarium", "Still Life", "Bag's Groove", "Blue Sands", "Albatross", "Night In Tunisia", "Waikikian", and "Happy Town". CD
(Out of print.)

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Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All StarsIn The Solo Spotlight – Howard Rumsey's Lighthouse All Stars Vol 5 ... LP
Contemporary, 1954. Very Good- ... $9.99
Tremendous work from Howard Rumsey's early Lighthouse group – and a great example of why they were such a great act at the time! The "solo spotlight" in the title is extremely apt here – as each of the album's tracks features a standout performance by group members who emerge from the larger ensemble beautifully – all players who were in the larger backings on other numbers, but who really sparkle brilliantly on their solos. Soloists include Frank Rosolino on trombone, Richie Kamuca on tenor, Stan Levey on drums, Conte Candoli on trumpet, Bob Enevoldsen on valve trombone, Bob Cooper on tenor, and Bud Shank on alto. Titles are all plenty fresh originals – and include "Funny Frank", "Claude", "Coop", "Stan", "S&B", and "Bud". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some surface wear and a small peeled spot from sticker removal on front.)

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Ben Webster & Jim HallBen Webster At The Renaissance (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $6.99
A previously unreleased live date from late in the career of Ben Webster – recorded at The Renaissance in Hollywood in 1960, but unissued until nearly 25 years later! The group features Jim Hall on guitar, Jimmy Rowles on piano, Red Mitchell on bass, and Frank Butler on drums – and tracks are all longish, and live-feeling – with that sense of fragility that marked some of Webster's later recordings in this mode, and even further deepened the humanity in his tone. And while the recording quality is definitely "live" at times, Ben's tone comes through loud and clear – different than on some of the tighter Verve recordings of a few years before, but in a way that's really great. Titles include "Georgia On My Mind, "Caravan", "Stardust", and "Ole Miss Blues". CD features 4 more bonus tracks – "Gone With The Wind", "What Is This Thing Called Love", "Mop Mop", and "Renaissance Blues". CD

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanSomething Else!!!! ... LP
Contemporary, 1958. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Pre-Atlantic work from Ornette Coleman – one of his first recorded statements in jazz – and one of his boldest! At some level, the complete Coleman sound isn't entirely in place here – as there's a bit of a trace of hardbop in the mix – not entirely, but just a bit. But at another level, the record's still way darn bolder than just about anything coming out of LA at the time – proof that amidst all the cool jazz ruminations of the 50s, there was a second wave of modernism about to explode! The group here features Don Cherry on trumpet, Walter Norris on piano, Don Payne on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – and while the core harmelodic rhythmic approach isn't always in place, it's more than made up for by some surprisingly free energy. Titles include "Invisible", "The Blessing", "Alpha", and "The Sphinx". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has lightly bent corners.)

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✨✧ Curtis CounceSonority ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1956/1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic west coast soul jazz – recorded in 2 different sessions in the mid 50s, both under the leadership of bassist Curtis Counce, but not issued until 1989. The first bunch of tracks was recorded in 1956, and features Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, and Carl Perkins – on the tracks "Sonor", "Landslide", and "Woody N You". The second batch is from 1958, and features Gerald Wilson on trumpet, Land on tenor, and Elmo Hope on piano – on the titles "So Nice", "Origin", and "Bella Rosa". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art FarmerOn The Road ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1976. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of Farmer's best sessions of the 70s – recorded in a mode that's a bit freer than usual, with a group that includes Hampton Hawes, Ray Brown, and either Steve Ellington or Shelly Manne on drums. Art Pepper sits in on 4 of the album's 6 tracks – and it's his tone and edgieness that really opens things up, casting Farmer's work on flugelhorn in a light that's darker than usual, filled with shadows that haven't crept into his playing for years, creating a depth to the record that really keeps us listening. Titles include "Downwind", "Namely You", "What Am I Here For?", and "Will You Still Be Mine?" CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Victor FeldmanSuite Sixteen – The Music Of Victor Feldman ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Terry Gibbs Dream BandFlying Home Vol 3 ... CD
Contemporary, 1959. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
... CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Harold LandHarold In The Land Of Jazz (with bonus track) ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1958. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard-burning early work from tenorist Harold Land – exactly the kind of date that set him apart from other west coast players of the 50s! Although he was part of the LA scene of the time, Harold Land grooved a lot harder and louder than his cool jazz contemporaries – and this album's a perfect chance to hear the underground bop scene of which he was a cornerstone. The tunes are amazing – and even the familiar numbers have a real edge, thanks to sharp arrangements by Harold and Elmo Hope. Equally great is the group – which features an unusual US appearance from Swedish trumpeter Rolf Ericson, who's a surprisingly soulful fit for the sound of the session – plus Carl Perkins, the legendary sideways pianist, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Frank Butler on drums. Titles include "Delerium", "Smack Up", "Grooveyard", "Lydia's Lament", and "Nieta". CD includes the bonus track "Promised Land". CD

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✨✧ Shelly ManneAlive In London ... LP
Contemporary, 1971. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Shelly Manne's always been a hipper cat than you might remember, especially if you've only heard his mainstream work – and if you need any convincing of that fact, just check out this searing electric set from 1970! The group here is virtually the same one who recorded with Manne for the legendary Mannekind album, but the sound is a bit different – caught live at Ronnie Scotts in London, with a free-flowing, almost-fusiony vibe that's a far cry from Shelly's work in LA during the 50s! Mike Wofford's on electric piano here, really cutting things up with a fluid, angular approach to the keys – providing plenty of inspiration for trumpeter Gary Barone and saxophonist John Gross to soar out on free-thinking solos. Shelly's nicely chunky on the drums – almost funky at times – and the rest of the group features John Morell on guitar and Roland Haynes on bass. Tracks are all long, and titles include "Three On A Match", "Once Again", "Big Oak Basin", "Don't Know", and "Illusion". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Shelly ManneMore Swinging Sounds (aka Swinging Sounds In Stereo) (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Contemporary (Japan), 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the few great records that alto saxophonist Charlie Mariano cut with Shelly Manne – and a heck of a wonderful record that really set a new tone for Shelly's groove at the time! Things here are a bit looser and freer than before – longer tracks with more room for solos to really take flight – yet still a sense of modern arrangement that marked the Manne sound from its inception. The group's a quintet with Stu Williamson on trumpet, Russ Freeman on piano, Leroy Vinnegar on bass, and Mariano on some especially nice alto solos – and the interplay between Charlie and Stu easily rivals the best Bethlehem recordings by the pair at the time. Titles include the excellent 10 minute "Pint Of Blues", an original by Charlie – plus Bill Holman's extended "Quartet", and versions of "The Wind", "Moose The Mooche", and "Tommyhawk". CD
(Out of print. Includes obi.)
Also available More Swinging Sounds (aka Swinging Sounds In Stereo) ... CD 18.99

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✨✧ Shelly ManneShelly Manne & His Men Play Checkmate ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1961. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really nice set from Shelly Manne! After having a bit of a minor hit with a crime jazz album dedicated to the music of Peter Gunn, Shelly and combo turn towards a less-remembered TV cop show for more music in a similar vein. Checkmate was a short-lived show from the early 60s, but it had a great score by John Williams – one that's a perfect platform for Shelly's group, a quintet that features Richie Kamuca on tenor and Conte Candoli on trumpet. Kamuca's horn is always well suited to odd little numbers like these, and Shelly opens a few of the tracks up past the usual three minute soundtrack crime jazz format – taking tunes like "Checkmate", "Cyanide Touch", "The King Swings", and "The Isolated Pawn" past the 5 minute mark for additional solo flourishes. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 2 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this second volume include "Step Lightly", "Vamp's Blues", and "What's New". CD

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 2 ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this second volume include "Step Lightly", "Vamp's Blues", and "What's New". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono yellow label pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Lyle MurphyGone With The Woodwinds ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A rare bit of mid 50s modernism from composer Lyle Murphy – one of the most angular talents on the west coast scene of the time, but an artist who also manages to swing with a nice little groove! On one hand, Murphy's got some key academic inspiration behind his music – as you might guess from the "12 Tone" title – but on another, he still works with a sense of jazz solo energy, so that he lets the players in his group get enough voice into the tunes to shape them into their own. Members of the group include Buddy Collette, Abe Most, Russ Cheever, Jack Dumon, and Chuck Gentry on reeds – plus rhythm from Andre Previn on piano, Curtis Counce on bass, and Shelly Manne on drums. Most tunes have complicated reed interplay, supported by more swinging jazz rhythms – and titles include "Poly Doodle", "Perdido", "Triton", "Fourth Dimension", "Seismograph", and "Pemba". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art PepperSmack Up ... LP
Contemporary, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A nice straight batch of tracks from Pepper – and a record that we like more than some of the more "classic" ones on Contemporary! The album's got quite a strange title – Smack Up, a very strange choice, given Pepper's well-known experience as a junkie – and features some edgey work that really pushes Art away from the sweeter sounds of a few years before. There's some slightly off-kilter tracks on the set that really make it sparkle, including Duane Tatro's "Maybe Next Year", Ornette's "Tears Inside", and Harold Land's "Smack Up" – the irony of which, we're sure, was not lost on Art Pepper! Also includes Pepper's own "Las Cuevas De Mario" – and players include Jack Sheldon, Pete Jolly, Jimmy Bond, and Frank Butler. LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pre OJC pressing.)

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✨✧ Leroy VinnegarLeroy Walks Again! ... LP
Contemporary, 1963. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Although it's easy to get mixed up with all the Leroy Vinnegar albums that have "walk" in the title, this one's a great soul jazz session from the early 60s – one that nicely draws upon an LA scene that includes Roy Ayers, Freddie Hill, Teddy Edwards, Mike Melvoin, and Ron Jefferson, all of whom make some nice contributions to the record. In fact, the session's one of Ayers' first-ever – and he features nicely on 3 tracks, "Down Under", "For Carl", and "Wheelin & Dealin". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label stereo pressing.)

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✨✧ Leroy VinnegarLeroy Walks! ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Arguably one of the best 50s jazz sessions on west coast powerhouse label Contemporary – superbly recorded, and done in a format that really breaks from the format of a lot of LA jazz at the time! The whole thing's incredibly relaxed – really allowing for a lot of space to hear the playing of leader/bassist Leroy Vinnegar, and making for some great small group interplay between musicians that include Victor Feldman on vibes, Gerald Wilson on trumpet, Teddy Edwards on tenor, and Carl Wilson on piano. Tracks are longish, with great arrangements (some by Feldman), and titles include "Walk On", "Would You Like To Take A Walk", "Walkin", and "Walkin By The River". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s yellow label stereo pressing. Cover has small stickers and a peeled spot from sticker removal.)

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✨✧ Hampton HawesGreen Leaves Of Summer ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1964. Used ... Out Of Stock
With Monk Montgomery on bass and Steve Ellington on drums – and titles that include "Ill Wind", "St Thomas", "Vierd Blues", "Secret Love", "Blue Skies", and "GK Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Frank MorganYardbird Suite ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
One of Frank Morgan's great comeback records from later years – featuring the leader on alto, with Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums! CD
(Small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Frank Morgan with Cedar WaltonEasy Living ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1985. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great date from the later revival years of altoist Frank Morgan – thanks to a warm performance from the Cedar Walton trio! One of the great things about late Morgan is the way in which he's able to really fit himself into different settings – still holding onto his soulful roots, but also fluidly picking up the best elements of the groups he works with – such as the rich tones and soaring styles that Walton brings to this session! Cedar's piano always sounds great with a horn, and the warmth in Morgan's alto is quite a different match than some of Walton's tenor-driven sessions – and bassist Tony Dumas and drummer Billy Higgins keep things in just the right subtle side of the spectrum to fit the mood. Titles include "The Rubber Man", "Yes & No", "Manha De Carnaval", "Now's The Time", "Three Flowers", and "Third Street Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Sonny RollinsWay Out West ... LP
Contemporary, 1957. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A classic set that brings the east coast tenor of Sonny Rollins into contact with a west coast rhythm section of Ray Brown and Shelly Manne! Despite Rollins' silly look on the cover, and the album's overall "western" theme, the session's a brilliant one – right up there with Sonny's strongest trio sides of the late 50s, and a key link in a string of excellent recordings for Blue Note, Prestige, and Riverside! The lack of a piano really opens up the style of the set – letting Sonny explore freely on his solos, while Brown's bass and Manne's drums do more than enough to keep the rhythms going on their own. Solos aren't as "out" as on the Village Vanguard sessions, but certainly every bit as inspired – and titles include "I'm An Old Cowhand", "Solitude", "Come, Gone", "Way Out West", and "Wagon Wheels". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early mono yellow label pressing with deep groove – with black printing on back cover, and white bar at bottom of front. Vinyl has a very short click in one spot, but is great overall. Cover has some slight edgewear, but is also very nice.)

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✨✧ Curtis CounceCarl's Blues ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
A seminal session of LA hardbop – featuring a great group that includes Gerald Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Harold Land, Frank Butler, and pianist Carl Perkins, the unique talent who had a strange way of playing the keys (sideways!), and who died shortly after the recording of this set. As the title might imply, the album's dedicated to Perkins – and titles include "Nica's Dream", "Pink Lady","Carl's Blues", and "Larue". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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