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Bill BarronHot Line – The Tenors Of Bill Barron/Booker Ervin (Savoy Jazz – with bonus track) ... LP
Savoy, 1962. Near Mint- ... $26.99
A stunner from Bill Barron! The set's one of the few rare sides that Barron cut as a leader during the early 60s – and it ranks right up there with work by Ornette Coleman or Joe Harriott for sheer raw modern power! The group's a quintet – with Barron and Booker Ervin on tenor, Larry Ridley on bass, Kenny Barron on piano, and Andrew Cyrille on drums – and the warm interplay between Ridley's bass and Barron's piano provides a striking contrast to the sharp-edged horn of Barron and the adventurous drumming of Cyrille. Tracks chop around in a modal groove, but still also retain a bit of soul jazz flair – and like all of Barron's best work, they never forget how to swing, and swing they do! Titles include "Bill's Boogie", "Groovin", "A Cool One", "Playhouse March", and "Work Song". 80's pressing, with previously unissued track "Billie's Bounce". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s pressing, with previously unissued track "Billie's Bounce".)

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Stan GetzLive In Dusseldorf 1960 ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 1960. New Copy ... $14.99
A gem of an unreleased live performance from the mighty Stan Getz – working here in a quartet that ties together his time on both the Swedish and American scenes of the 50s! The group is great – with Jan Johansson on piano, still swinging, but clearly a budding modernist too, especially when he hits his solos – stepping out with superb rhythm from Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums, both players who were becoming very familiar with the European scene at the time! The tunes are all familiar numbers, but really opened up strongly by the solos – and Stan's got that superbly edgey tone he was starting to dip into at the time – right up there with the few other European live dates he recorded in the same year. Titles include "Pernod", "The Thrill Is Gone", "Woody N You", and "Out Of Nowhere" – plus a bonus alternate of "Out Of Nowhere". CD
Also available Live In Dusseldorf 1960 ... LP 14.99

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Stan GetzLive In Dusseldorf 1960 ... LP
Jazz Line (Germany), 1960. New Copy Gatefold ... $14.99
A gem of an unreleased live performance from the mighty Stan Getz – working here in a quartet that ties together his time on both the Swedish and American scenes of the 50s! The group is great – with Jan Johansson on piano, still swinging, but clearly a budding modernist too, especially when he hits his solos – stepping out with superb rhythm from Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums, both players who were becoming very familiar with the European scene at the time! The tunes are all familiar numbers, but really opened up strongly by the solos – and Stan's got that superbly edgey tone he was starting to dip into at the time – right up there with the few other European live dates he recorded in the same year. Titles include "Pernod", "The Thrill Is Gone", "Woody N You", and "Out Of Nowhere" – plus a bonus alternate of "Out Of Nowhere". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Live In Dusseldorf 1960 ... CD 14.99

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Dave Liebman & Richie BeirachEternal Voices ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 2019. New Copy 2CD ... $19.99
An unusual setting for this long-running jazz partnership – a double-length record that has the saxes of Dave Liebman and the piano of Richie Beirach improvising on a number of themes borrowed from classical music – compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Bartok, and others – all really transformed by the sensitive genius of the pair! The album's not one of those slavish readings of classical compositions by a jazz musicians – and, if anything, the open, improvised quality of the music really deviates a lot from the scores – using them more for inspiration, and as a way to hit some of the more sensitive qualities of both musicians, especially Liebman. Dave plays soprano, tenor, and c-flute – and the entire second half of the album is based on Bartok string quartets. CD

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Lookout Farm (Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach)Lookout Farm – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall 1975 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Jazz Line (Germany), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $25.99
Great live work from one of the coolest combos to ever feature the talents of saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Richie Beirach – a freewheeling quintet that brings in lots of organic, rhythmic elements to the more modern styles of the famous duo! Other players include Frank Tusa on bass, Jeff Williams on drums, and Badal Roy on percussion – and Beirach is playing electric keys in addition to piano – which creates sharper edges next to Liebman's soprano sax, and flute, all given these great exotic currents by the percussion! Some moments are spiritual, some are more fusion-based – and the long tracks on the set have a really stunning, striking sense of individuality, even when the songs are familiar – in a lineup that includes "Your Lady", "The Iguana's Ritual", "Naponoch", and "Fireflies". LP, Vinyl record album

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Louisiana RedLouisiana Red – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1977 ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 1977. New Copy 2CD ... $13.99
Well-recorded material from Louisiana Red – a blues musician who really hit his stride in the 70s, but with a style that feels a lot more vintage overall! Red works here with just vocals and guitar – and a bit of harmonica – in a mode that's like the 60s albums on Arhoolie, but with a really crisp, clear vibe overall – very strong recording quality for a nightclub date. From the spoken bits in between the songs, it's clear that Red's very comfortable in the setting – and that really comes through in his performance, especially the guitar. Titles include "The Whole World", "Good God Woman", "Crime Emotion", "Red's Boogie", "Rock Me", "Too Poor To Die", "Sweet Blood Call", "Goin Down To Louisiana", "Recreation Blues", "Honky Tonk Slide", and "When My Mama Was Living". CD

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Duke PearsonAngel Eyes ... CD
Jazz Line/Muzak (Japan), 1961. New Copy ... $22.99
A rare pre-Blue Note session from Duke Pearson – very mellow, very soulful, and with a quality that's unlike most of his later work! The album's a trio side, recorded for the Jazzline label, and it features Pearson on piano, Thomas Howard on bass, and Lex Humphries on drums – the last of whom brings in some wonderfully lyrical lines on the kit, very much in the manner of the free, dancing rhythms used on records with Donald Byrd. Pearson's piano has a sharper edge than usual – these dark, moody tones that are totally great – almost a rougher version of his later sound, with a great sense of depth. Bob Cranshaw's bass and Walter Perkins' drums are featured on one number – and titles include a killer take on "Jeannine", plus "Say You're Mine", "Le Carrousel", "Bags Groove", and "Exodus". CD
(HQ – Hi Quality CD pressing!)

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Timeless All Stars (Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land)Timeless All Stars – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1982 ... LP
Jazz Line (Germany), 1982. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $19.99
Hard-burning work from the Timeless All Stars – a group named after their record label, but who have a heck of a lot more going on at the core! This isn't just jam session material, as is often the case with an "all stars" group – but instead really well-matched, well-conceived performances by a group who are almost an extension of the earlier pairing of vibist Bobby Hutcherson and tenorist Harold Land – augmented here with the fantastic presence of Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums! All players are wonderful – really bringing their a-list game to the performance – which was captured at the Onkle Po club in Hamburg, with very long tracks that spin out in even more space than on the group's albums for Timeless Records. Titles include "Clockwise", "Mapenzi", "Tokudo", and "My Foolish Heart". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Lookout Farm (Dave Liebman & Richie Beirach)Lookout Farm – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall 1975 ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 1975. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Great live work from one of the coolest combos to ever feature the talents of saxophonist Dave Liebman and pianist Richie Beirach – a freewheeling quintet that brings in lots of organic, rhythmic elements to the more modern styles of the famous duo! Other players include Frank Tusa on bass, Jeff Williams on drums, and Badal Roy on percussion – and Beirach is playing electric keys in addition to piano – which creates sharper edges next to Liebman's soprano sax, and flute, all given these great exotic currents by the percussion! Some moments are spiritual, some are more fusion-based – and the long tracks on the set have a really stunning, striking sense of individuality, even when the songs are familiar – in a lineup that includes "Your Lady", "The Iguana's Ritual", "Naponoch", and "Fireflies". CD
Also available Lookout Farm – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall 1975 (180 gram pressing) ... LP 25.99

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✨✧ James BookerJames Booker – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1976 ... LP
Jazz Line (Germany), 1976. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
The Crescent City legend is captured here in a small club in Germany during the 70s – but James Booker is playing solo, with a style that's very close to his best New Orleans roots! The double-length set just features Booker on piano and a bit of vocals – recorded beautifully, and in a way that have a number of tracks stretching out nice and long – with equal parts jazz improvisation mixed in with the bluesy inflections in the grooves – and the vocals are especially nice in the setting too. Titles include "Please Send Me Someone To Love", "Keep On Gwine", "Roberta/Tell Me How You Feel", "Everyday I Have The Blues", "Classified", "One Hell Of A Nerve", "Junco Partner", and "Let's Make A Better Work". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ John Coltrane1960 Duesseldorf ... LP
Jazz Line (Germany), 1960. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really unusual performance from the mighty John Coltrane – recorded in Germany in 1960, with an amazing group that features Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – stepping out from Miles Davis to give Trane a very special groove! These guys give the record a very different swing than some of Trane's other albums of the period – and Kelly punctuates some moments with a soulful style on piano, while Chambers bows his bass a fair bit, which creates these shaded, moody tones. Coltrane himself is wonderful – that clear-blown, incredible sound of his Atlantic years – maybe the best-recorded instrument in the setting, with with beautiful solos that are worth the price of admission alone. Stan Getz makes appearance at one point, as does Oscar Peterson – although the notes aren't that clear – but just concentrate on Coltrane, as that's all you'll need! Titles include "On Green Dolphin Street", "Walkin", "Rifftide", and a medley of "Yesterdays/Autumn Leaves/What's New". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Louis Hayes/Junior Cook QuintetLouis Hayes/Junior Cook Quintet – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1976 ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 1976. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work by this excellent 70s combo – a quintet whose leaders recorded famously with Horace Silver in the 60s, then took his inspiration to very different spiritual territory on their own! Both drummer Louis Hayes and tenorist Junior Cook are fantastic – but the whole group here is completely sublime – with Woody Shaw on trumpet, Ronnie Matthews on piano, and the great Stafford James on bass – a really rich player who gives the album a whole lot of depth – whether things are swinging straight, or taking off in new spiritual dimensions! The combo handles both modes wonderfully – and the long, open space of the live recording has Cook and Shaw turning out some very soulful standard solos, then soaring to the skies on some of the hipper numbers. All tracks are over ten minutes long – some much longer than that – and titles include "Moment To Moment", "Moontrane", "Ichi Ban", "All The Things You Are", "Four For Nothing", "Pannonica", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". CD

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✨✧ Louis Hayes/Junior Cook QuintetLouis Hayes/Junior Cook Quintet – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1976 ... LP
Jazz Line (Germany), 1976. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Fantastic work by this excellent 70s combo – a quintet whose leaders recorded famously with Horace Silver in the 60s, then took his inspiration to very different spiritual territory on their own! Both drummer Louis Hayes and tenorist Junior Cook are fantastic – but the whole group here is completely sublime – with Woody Shaw on trumpet, Ronnie Matthews on piano, and the great Stafford James on bass – a really rich player who gives the album a whole lot of depth – whether things are swinging straight, or taking off in new spiritual dimensions! The combo handles both modes wonderfully – and the long, open space of the live recording has Cook and Shaw turning out some very soulful standard solos, then soaring to the skies on some of the hipper numbers. All tracks are over ten minutes long – some much longer than that – and titles include "Moment To Moment", "Moontrane", "Ichi Ban", "All The Things You Are", "Four For Nothing", "Pannonica", and "When Sunny Gets Blue". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Timeless All Stars (Bobby Hutcherson/Harold Land)Timeless All Stars – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1982 ... CD
Jazz Line (Germany), 1982. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Hard-burning work from the Timeless All Stars – a group named after their record label, but who have a heck of a lot more going on at the core! This isn't just jam session material, as is often the case with an "all stars" group – but instead really well-matched, well-conceived performances by a group who are almost an extension of the earlier pairing of vibist Bobby Hutcherson and tenorist Harold Land – augmented here with the fantastic presence of Curtis Fuller on trombone, Cedar Walton on piano, Buster Williams on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums! All players are wonderful – really bringing their a-list game to the performance – which was captured at the Onkle Po club in Hamburg, with very long tracks that spin out in even more space than on the group's albums for Timeless Records. Titles include "Clockwise", "Mapenzi", "Tokudo", and "My Foolish Heart". CD
Also available Timeless All Stars – At Onkel Po's Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1982 ... LP 19.99
 
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Arne Domnerus & His GroupSwedish Modern Jazz ... LP
RCA, 1958. Very Good ... $5.99
Recorded in Sweden this is a collection of original compositions and jazz standards led by alto sax and clarinet player Domnerus. The first side features the quartet of Domnerus, Gunnar Svensson on piano, Georg Riedel on bass and Egil Johansen on drums and includes several originals such as "Topsy Theme", "Relax", "Frenesi", and "For Dave" with a few standards thrown in like "Lady Be Good" and "Round About Midnight". A few more players are added to the line-up on side two, Bengt-Arne Wallin on trumpet, Rolf Blomqvist and Lennart Jansson on saxophones and tracks include "Blue Moon", "Creole Love Call" and "Don't You Know I Care", among others. LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Gigi Gryce & The Jazz Lab QuintetGigi Gryce & The Jazz Lab Quintet ... LP
Riverside, 1957. Sealed ... $19.99
Hard to find Riverside LP of this group led by Gigi Gryce running down nice hard bop numbers. There's no dry academic performances here, not that you'd guess that from the line-up, but the title kind of leads you in that direction. Donald Byrd and Gryce are playing nice and hard up front, with Wade Legge on piano, Wendell Marshall on bass and Art Taylor on drums cooking nicely in the rhythm section. The tracks include Legge's "Geraldine" and Gryce's "Minority" plus "Love For Sale", "Zing Went The Strings Of My Heart", "Straight Ahead", and "Wake Up!". LP, Vinyl record album
(Sealed OJC pressing!)

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✨✧ Brownie McGhee & Sonny TerryBrownie McGhee & Sonny Terry – Jazz Heritage Series (aka Long Way From Home) ... LP
MCA, 1969. Near Mint- ... $3.99
This famous pair in a late 60s date – with help from Panama Francis on drums, Ray Johnson on electric piano, and Jimmy Bond on bass – all of whom give things a bit more of a kick than usual for Brownie & Sonny! Titles include "Life Is A Gamble", "Long Way From Home", "Rock Island Line", "Big Question", and "Don't Mistreat Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousBlack Fire New Spirits – Deep & Radical Jazz In The USA 1957 to 1982 ... LP
Soul Jazz (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3LP ... $34.99 36.99
Deeply spiritual jazz from the American underground of the 20th century – music that sits in a perfect space between straight jazz and more avant garde material – always reaching out in this really soaring, searching sort of way – but never too outside or free! Rhythms are at the core of most of these numbers – often modal elements, with especially strong basslines – or earthy percussion with strong Afrocentric inspirations, recast here in the huge wave of jazz experimentation of the 60s and 70s! Most tracks are from those key decades, but he set also features some overlooked gems from the 80s too – and a good deal of these tracks are from albums we hardly ever see anymore these days. As usual, Soul Jazz has done a stunning job with the notes and package – dovetailing with their book of the same name – and tracks include "Second Line March" by David Lee, "Flashback Of Time" by Creative Arts Ensemble, "Chang Chang Chang" by Yusef Lateef, "Utopia & Visions" by Don Cherry, "It's A Trip" by Last Poets, "Universal Spiritual Revolt" by Tyrone Washington, "In The Moog" by Harold McKinney, "Spaces & Things" by Doug Hammond, "Tzaddi Vau (part 1)" by Pheeran Ak Laff, and "Dealin" by Richard Davis. LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition includes download!)

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VariousBritish Hustle – The Sound Of British Jazz-Funk & Disco 1974-1982 ... CD
Soul Jazz (UK), Mid 70s-Early 80s. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Leave it to Soul Jazz to assemble another fine selection of grooves, bringing together a great batch of slick, jazz-inflected British disco tracks! It's the mid 70s and disco's four on the floor beat is starting to invade every part of the world, including the UK. The set's a wonderful cross section of songs, with nice less-heard nuggets by groups that hit it big in the charts like Heatwave's "Put The Word Out" and Imagination's "Burning Up", to loft classics like Atmosfear's "Dancing In Outerspace" and smooth soulful cuts like the Real Thing's "Children Of The Ghetto/Stanhope Street". A baker's dozen of crisp, modern jazz funk is included, with Soul Jazz's great attention to detail in every aspect of the package, including a nice set of liner notes that really puts everything in perspective. Other tracks include Hi Tension "British Hustle", the Olympic Runners "Solar Heat", Kandidate "What Are You Gonna Do?", a pre-Arthur Baker track from Freeez, "Southern Freeez", Central Line "Don't Tell Me", Gonzalez's fusion-y "Saocco", Light Of The World "London Town", Beggar & Co "Somebody Help Me Out" and FbI's "Talking About Love" with a few nice disco breaks in it! CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Art Blakey & The Jazz MessengersOriginally ... LP
Columbia, 1956. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Great rare 50s material by Blakey – an early 80s issue of outtakes from the Hard Bop LP, plus some sides recorded shortly afterwards, with a slight line-up change. The group is one of the earliest incarnations of the Jazz Messengers, featuring Donald Byrd and Hank Mobley in the front line, and Doug Watkins and Horace Silver playing rhythm alongside Blakey, blowing hard on 4 burning sides worthy of the title of the LP they were left off of: "Late Show","Ill Wind", "Weird-O" and an alternate take of "Carol's Interlude". The remainder of the album trades in Kenny Drew, Ira Sullivan and Wilbur Ware for "Lil' T" and "The New Message", and there's a "Gershwin Medley" featuring an altogether different lineup of the Messengers. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Zbigniew SeifertPolish Radio Jazz Archives 32 ... CD
Polskie Radio (Poland), Early 70s/1978. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Excellent work from funky violinist Zbiniew Seifert – a musician who never got the same kind of acclaim on the US market as his Polish countryman Michal Urbaniak – but one who plays here with an equally groovy sort of sound! Like Urbaniak, Seifert has a way of using the violin in ways that almost seem more informed by saxophone phrasing – especially the more open, flowing lines of the post-Coltrane generation – and, as with Michal, he also plays a bit of saxophone as well – although that only happens on one of the album's tracks. The bulk of the CD features a stellar live performance from 1978 – in a group with the great Jaroslaw Smietana on guitar, plus Fender Rhodes from Janusz Grzywacz – on long-flowing tunes that include "Quo Vadis", "Spring On The Farm", "Bass Line A-Moll", and "Materna". CD also features two earlier live tracks – one with Seifert on alto sax in a quartet with Jan Jarczyk on piano – on "The Irreplaceable One" – another with a larger orchestra backing up his violin, on "Waiting For The Rain". CD

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✨✧ Duke EllingtonEllington Uptown (Columbia Jazz Masterpieces pressing) ... LP
Columbia, 1952. Sealed ... Out Of Stock
One of Duke Ellington's standout sides for Columbia – a strong recording that revisits many of the best elements of his earlier work, and offers up some more sophisticated scoring for the 50s – thanks to extended track length in the LP generation! The tunes here are older ones, but they're taken to some nicely hip territory – thanks to Duke's strong ear for modern changes, and a line up of players that includes Billy Strayhorn on piano, Paul Gonsalves on tenor, Clark Terry and Ray Nance on trumpets, Juan Tizol on trombone, and Louis Bellson on drums. Bellson does a great job on the classic "Skin Deep" – a real showcase for his talents in this recording – and other titles include "The Mooche", "Take The A Train", and "Perdido" – plus a 13 minute reading of "A Tone Parallel To Harlem (aka The Harlem Suite)". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eric AlexanderRevival Of The Fittest ... CD
High Note, 2009. Used ... $7.99
An excellent modern jazz set from tenor sax titan Eric Alexander – who has truly grown into one of the best players of his generation – and a killer set for the High Note label! There's always these, "whoa," moments on Alexander's records, where he's rolling along with an effective approach that's just enough to pull you in and hold you, and then he just runs off with a dexterous line of notes that knocks it right out of the park. He's backed by the great Harold Mabern on piano, Nat Reeves on bass, and Joe Farnsworth on drums, under producer Don Sickler and engineer Rudy Van Gelder. Includes "Revival", "My Grown Up Christmas List", "The Island", "Too Late Fall Back Baby", "Love-Wise", "Blues For Phineas", "You Must Belive In Spring", and the closing original "Yasashiku (Gently)". CD

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Chet Baker1959 Milano Sessions (aka Chet Baker With 50 Italian Strings) ... CD
King Jazz, 1959. Used ... $9.99
One of the better-known sessions from Chet's time in Italy at the end of the 50s – a really beautiful album that has Chet working with a string orchestra in a set of lush arrangements that really bring a lot to his sound! The album really sounds great – not sleepy, but warm and beautiful, in a style that was perfect for Chet's fading romanticism. A few cuts have Chet taking a vocal chorus or two, but mostly, the focus is on trumpet solos. Titles include "Violets For Your Furs", "Goodbye", "Angel Eyes", "I Should Care", and "The Song Is You". Plus, the set also features 4 bonus tracks by Chet with a sextet that includes Gianni Basso on tenor – on titles that include "Line For Lyons", "Tune Up", and "Cheryl Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerChet Baker & Crew ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... $6.99
Killer work from the late 50's by Chet! Although Baker's trumpet playing in the early part of the decade became known as one of the trademark "cool" sounds of the west coast, he started to move towards a sound that was a lot more hardbop at the end of the decade – as you'll hear on this tasty album. The session's got a great (and unlikely) batch of players accompanying Chet – like firey young soul jazz pianist Bobby Timmons, modal grooving bassist Jimmy Bond, and cool tenorist Phil Urso. The set's a great one, and pushes Chet's sound way past the usual stereotypes. Titles include "Medium Rock", "Lucius Lu", "Revelation", and "To Mickey's Memory". Plus, this excellent reissue CD also adds a number of bonus tracks recorded by the same group, but not issued with the original album. Added titles include "Chippyin", "Line For Lyons (vocal version!)", and "Jumpin Off A Clef". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Gary Burton, Hank Garland, & OthersAfter The Riot At Newport ... LP
RCA, 1960. Very Good ... $14.99
It's a little known fact that Nashville, although best remembered as a center of country music, has also given the world some pretty great jazz players – some of whom easily skirt the line between jazz and country studio work. This set's a great summation of that tradition – featuring jam session tracks by some of the city's best jazzmen at the turn of the 60s – Gary Burton, Hank Garland, Chet Atkins, Floyd Cramer, Bob Moore, Brenton Banks, and Boots Randolph. Some of the players are best known as pop instrumentalists, but open up here nicely in the album's more relaxed setting – summed up well by the tune "Relaxin", and heard over other tracks that include "Opus De Funk", "Nashville To Newport", "Round Midnight", and "Riot Chorus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has a split top seam and half split bottom seam.)

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Booker ErvinBook Cooks ... CD
Bethlehem/Solid (Japan), 1960. New Copy ... $13.99
One of the greatest albums on the Bethlehem label – and one of the first albums as a leader by the legendary Booker Ervin! At the time of the set, Ervin had come off a great stint with the Charles Mingus group – one that inflected his rootsy Texas tenor tones with a sharper modern edge – heard to perfection on this great little session, which is equal parts hard swinging soul jazz and dark-tinged early 60s modern! Zoot Sims joins Booker in the front line, and the two of them trade tenor solos throughout on the album's long compositions – grooving with a great sextet that includes Tommy Turrentine on trumpet, Tommy Flanagan on piano, and Mingus' drummer Dannie Richmond on the kit! Cuts include "Largo", "The Book Cooks", "The Blue Book", and "Git It". CD
(Hal McKusick Quartet – East Coast Jazz 8)

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GonzalezGonzalez ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), 1974. New Copy ... $9.99
Sweet funky jazz from the 70s! Gonzalez were an obscure UK combo – probably known a lot better over in England, but pretty darn hard to find over here in America – and they've got a tight style that reminds us of some of the more well-produced jazz funk coming out on labels like Blue Note or Blue Thumb during the mid 70s. Some cuts have vocals, but most of the record's instrumental – and it's filled with great guitars, and some excellent sax work that goes way past the usual funky tenor line! The groove's a nicely sophisticated blend of jazz funk and modern soul – with the kind of groove that you might expect to hear on some of the Capitol Rare compilations. The CD brings together cuts from the group's first album Gonzalez, plus a few more from the album Our Only Weapon Is Our Music. Titles include "Pack It Up", "Funky Frith Street", "Saoco", "Ahwai Five-O", "Rissoled", and "Adelanto Nightride". Very nice – and the kind of group we love to discover! CD

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HeldonUn Reve Sans Consequence Speciale ... CD
Cobra/Bureau B (Germany), 1976. New Copy ... About January 31, 2020
Some of the headiest music ever made by this legendary French combo of the 70s – long tracks that have plenty of incredible electronics from Richard Pinhas, and plenty of freewheeling moments too! Heldon may have gotten their start in the progressive work, but here they really take off to sonic territory of their own – very burning and intense, and maybe even more avant overall – in a collision of free jazz, electronics, and raw percussion – all still with some rock sensibilities in the mix, but also very free of any generic expectations! The lack of categorization is what sometimes kept these French albums out of the same sort of limelight as German or British work of the time – but it also is what makes them so much more exciting all these many years later. Titles include "Elephanta", "MVC II", "Toward The Red Line", and "Marie Virginie C". CD

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High RiskCommon Woman/Degradation ... 7-inch
Sister Love (Estonia), 1974. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $6.99
Two fantastic sides of jazz by this all-female quartet from the 70s – a group who serve up these tunes for a film titled Woman To Woman – but who work here at a level that stands more than well enough on its own! "Common Woman" begins with this wonderful tenor line from Cyndy Mason over spiritual piano from Virginia Rubino – building with a very righteous vibe, before then breaking for a reciation in the middle, which then shifts to flute – before soaring again in a bolder instrumental passage! "Degradation" has a sung vocal from the start – building over piano almost in an early Roberta Flack way, before giving space to more excellent tenor in the middle! 7-inch, Vinyl record
(Recent reissue on Jazzaggression.)

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Jackie & RoySing Baby Sing ... LP
Storyville, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... $18.99
One of the greatest albums ever cut by Jackie and Roy! This one captures them in the early days – right after they'd left Charlie Ventura, and were beginning to sing and pen some fantastic little jazz ditties on their own. The album features the recorded debut of Tommy Wolf, who would become one of their greatest writers – on the track "Season In The Sun" – plus a number of great tunes by Roy, like "Why Not Admit It", "You Are The One", and "Hook Line And Snare". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red label pressing with deep groove.)

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Juju (Oneness of Juju)Live At 131 Prince Street ... LP
P-Vine (Japan), 1973. New Copy ... $34.99
A much-needed slice of work from Juju – the group who later transformed into spiritual funk ensemble Oneness Of Juju! Juju only recorded two full albums in the early 70s, so this unissued live set is a key addition to their catalog – and the whole thing's got this bold quality that's much more jazz-based, and often more avant than the group's later work – more in line with work in the tradition of the AACM, or some of the earliest loft jazz talents. No surprise, the set was recorded at Ornette Coleman's space on the lower east side in the early 70s – with the mighty Plunky Nakbinde on saxes and flute, sounding a lot more searing than any of his records from the 80s onward – plus Babatunde on percussion, Lon Moshe on vibes and flute, and Al-Hammel Rasul on keyboards. There's a bit of vocalizations, and lots of percussion from group members too – and the sound is very spiritual, with touches of more percussive Afro-centric playing. Includes a great version of Eddie Palmieri's "Azucar Para Ti", plus "At Least We Have A Horizon Now", and "Live Mozambique". LP, Vinyl record album

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Kent KesslerBull Fiddle ... CD
Okka Disk, 2002. New Copy ... $9.99 13.99
A long-awaited solo debut from bassist Kent Kessler – a fantastic player who became one of the strongest features of the Chicago underground jazz scene in the late 90s! Kessler's a monster talent on his instrument – a player who's steeped in rich tradition, yet free to explore and improvise on so many levels. The album's incredibly striking from the first note – a rare treasure in an all-too-slim lineage of avant bass work by players that include Barre Phillips and Peter Kowald. Michael Zerang plays a bit of percussion on 3 tracks, but the bulk of the album is solo Kessler – and tracks include "Sugar Creek", "Monon Line", "Spillway", "Batum Schrag", "Pikeville Girl", "Gilman Chatsworth", and "Waddy Peytona". CD

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✨✧ Krzysztof KomedaPeople Meet & Sweet Music Fills The Heart (with bonus tracks) ... CD
GAD (Poland), 1967. New Copy ... $12.99
A fantastic lost slice of work from the legendary Krzysztof Komeda – and a set that's quite different than some of his avant jazz classics of the 60s! This album's still got a lot of jazz in the mix, but there's also a lot of the "sweet" mentioned in the title – mostly in these cool bossa currents and breezy elements, which recall more of the Italian soundtrack style of the time than some of Komeda's more famous film work with Roman Polanski. Instrumentation is often focused on an isolated piano line, or a bit of flute – but there's also some great bossa nova percussion, and some cool wordless vocals at times too – all with a mixture of warmth and complexity that really keeps things interesting throughout. Titles include "Rio", "Palac Copacabana", "Papieros", "Nowy Jork II", "Ciala Kuliste", "Prywatka", "Bar Wenecja", and "Final" – and the CD also features five more bonus tracks too! CD

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Peter KowaldDuos – Europa America Japan (3LP set – clear vinyl pressing) ... LP
FMP/Be! (Germany), 1991. New Copy 3LP (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
A massive document of a really incredible project – a set of key duo improvisations that bassist Peter Kowald created with some of the leading free jazz musicians around the world – recordings that came relatively late in the legacy of the FMP jazz label, but which are very much in the best tradition of its mission! Kowald's talents were part of many classic FMP sets before this one – but the package really allows him to rise up and shine in the spotlight – through amazing duo improvisations recorded in Berlin, New York, Tokyo, and a few other global locations – with partners in a varied line up that includes Derek Bailey on guitar, Han Bennink on drums, Tom Cora on cello, Diamanda Galas on voice, Evan Parker on reeds, Joelle Leandre on bass, Andrew Cyrille on drums, Peter Brotzmann on tenor, Akira Sakata on alto, Toshinori Kondo on trumpet, Jeanne Lee on voice, Conrad Bauer on trombone, Fred Frith on guitar, Marilyn Mazur on percussion, and many other key musicians of the time – almost as if Kowald is trying to tie together the entire world of improvisation, while also demonstrating his wonderfully adaptive talents. Very limited box set presentation – divided up into an LP each of performances from Europe, America, and Japan! LP, Vinyl record album
(Clear vinyl pressing – limited to 200 copies!)

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Little Boy BluesIn The Woodland Of Weir ... CD
Mercury/Acid Symposium (Greece), 1968. New Copy ... $4.99
The complete works of this heavy-hitting combo from Chicago – a group with a harder sound than even some of the better-known acts on Dunwich! The music here definitely carries elements of the blues espoused in the group's name – but the overall execution is much rougher, and more garagey – almost more in line with some of the better-exposed bands to come at the end of the 60s, particularly some of the ABC/Dunhill crowd. By the time of their full album which makes up the core of this set, the group have honed their sound even more – turning the bluesier roots into harder rock modes, but still coming off with a style that's spontaneous and home grown! The CD features the full album In The Woodland Of Weir – originally issued on Mercury in 1968 – plus earlier singles for IRC and Ronko. Titles include "Jazz Is Love", "The Death Of Don Quixote", "It's Only You/Echoes Of You", "The Fox", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg", "Look At The Sun", "The Great Train Robbery", "I'm Ready", and "You Don't Love Me". CD

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Pat MartinoJoyous Lake ... LP
Warner, 1976. Near Mint- ... $4.99
A mid-70s classic from guitarist Pat Martino – a tightly jamming set that features Pat on synthesizer as well as guitar – working alongside keyboardist Delmar Brown, and some very heavy rhythms from bassist Mark Leonard and drummer Kenwood Dennard! The sound is often in that jamming fusion style that brings rock influences into play with jazz – but there's also moments that slide into spacier moments too – sounds that we like even more for their spiritual overtones, and which provide a nice respite from the jams. Titles include "Joyous Lake", "Line Games", "Pyramidal Vision", "Mardi Gras", "M'Wandishi", and "Song Bird". LP, Vinyl record album

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Charles MingusBlues & Roots ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Near Mint- ... $16.99
One of Mingus' classic sessions from the middle period – a legendary blending of jazz with bluesy gospel touches, in a mode that seemed to move away from the politics of some of the late 50s years, and open up his work to a whole new audience! The band is an all-star ensemble all the way through – tentet that features Jackie McLean, Booker Ervin, John Handy, Pepper Adams, Jimmy Knepper, Willie Dennis, and Horace Parlan – cutting a line perfectly with Mingus on the album's 6 original tunes. Includes the oft-copied "Wednesday Night Prayer Meeting", plus "My Jelly Roll Soul", "E's Flat Ah's Flat Too", "Moanin", and "Tensions". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent 180 gram stereo Wax Time pressing, still in the shrink.)

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Wes MontgomeryDay In The Life ... LP
CTI/A&M, 1967. Very Good Gatefold ... $8.99
Mindblowing! This is when Wes Montgomery really starts to get interesting to us – when he's working with a top-line arranger like Don Sebesky, crafting some incredibly compelling chords over lightly jazzy arrangements and soaring strings, in a whole new mode of expression that would go onto transform a generation of guitar players! And sure, this album sold a gazillion copies – but we'll be honest in saying that we think it's loads more complex and mature than some of Wes' straight jazz sides from earlier years – light years away from the small combo dates of the early years, both in conception and sound. Titles include "Day In The Life", "Watch What Happens", "California Nights", "Windy", "Trust In Me", and "The Joker". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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Gerry Mulligan/Paul DesmondGerry Mulligan Quartet/Paul Desmond Quintet (black & white cover) ... LP
Fantasy, Early 50s. Near Mint- ... $5.99
A 50s Fantasy album that brings together 2 earlier 10" jazz sessions – one by Mulligan and one by Desmond, both unusual outings for the players. One side features Gerry Mulligan working with a strong early group – Chet Baker on trumpet, Chico Hamilton on drums, and Carson Smith on bass – on 4 tracks recorded in San Francisco, and 4 others recorded slightly later in LA. The tunes are short, piano-less, and have that fluid 50s Mulligan groove – and titles include "Turnstile", "Limelight", "Carioca", "Bark For Barksdale", and "Line For Lyons". The other side is a session that features 4 tracks with Paul in a quintet with Dick Collins on trumpet and Dave Van Kriedt on tenor sax – working without a piano, and in a fluid-grooving style that recalls a lot of the Gerry Mulligan style of the time. The other 4 tracks from the set are even more unique – and have Desmond blowing dreamily over a "with voices" chorus – done with the Bob Bates singers in a style that's warmer than similar work by Charlie Parker, and which really points the way towards some of the Desmond solo genius of the 60s. Titles include "Jeruvian", "Garden In The Rain", "Misty Window", "Winky", "Soon", and "Will I Know". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s lightning label pressing.)

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✨✧ Nimbus CollectiveLive In Lotus Land ... CD
Nimbus, 1987. New Copy 2CDs ... $13.99
A lost session of spiritual jazz – recorded in LA in the latter half of the 80s, but with a soaring, righteous vibe that's right up there with the 70s scene! The group here is incredible – an all-star array of the best talents working for Nimbus Records – Nate Morgan on piano, Rickey Kelly on vibes, Jesse Sharps on reeds, Danny Cortez on trumpet, Joel Ector on bass, and Derek Roberts on drums – all moving with the cohesiveness of a well-honed small combo, in territory that's right in line with some of Morgan's most glorious recordings for the label! The use of Kelly on vibes is especially nice – as he's a player we've always loved, but hardly ever get to hear in a setting this ambitious – and his presence on the record makes the whole thing sound even more magical and majestic. Tracks are quite long, with a soaring, searching feel – driven on strongly by Morgan's piano, and topped by some great explorations by Sharps. Titles include "Retribution Reparation", "Big Spliff", "A Bientot", "The Goat & The Ram Jam", "Mfaconi", "Mrafu", "Distant Vibes", and "Journey Into Nigritia". CD

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✨✧ Anita O'DayAnita O'Day Sings The Winners ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Anita O'Day pays tribute to Downbeat poll winners by singing vocal versions of their big hits in this lively set of jazz tracks from the 50s! Arrangements are by Marty Paich and Russ Garcia, both swinging as nicely as they ever did – and the setting of the album keeps Anita nicely in line, sticking to more straight jazz material than you might hear on some of her other sets from the same period. Titles include "Frenesi", "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Early Autumn", "Four Brothers", "Four", and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing on Polydor, including the obi & insert.)

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Art TaylorAT's Delight ... CD
Blue Note, 1960. Used ... $4.99
A real stormer! This was one of the few albums ever cut as a leader by the great hardbop drummer Art Taylor – and it's one of the best from the Blue Note catalog at the time! The band is a heavily smoking one – with Dave Burns on trumpet, Stan Turrentine on tenor, and Wynton Kelly on piano – and Patato Valdez backs them up on conga on a number of tracks, too. The whole thing is perfectly put together, with an insanely tight rhythm line, and perfectly placed solos by Turrentine and Burns – really cooking with an intensity that matches some of the best Jazz Messengers albums of the time. Features a great version of Coltrane's "Syeeda's Song Flute", plus the tracks "Cookoo & Fungi", "Blue Interlude", and "Move". CD
(Out of print.)

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Clark TerryIn Orbit ... LP
Riverside, 1958. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A surprisingly nice set that brings together Clark Terry and Thelonious Monk! Given Terry's bright approach to jazz, it's a bit hard to imagine him and Monk working well together – but at the time of this session, Clark still had a fair bit of an edge – with roots in a number of modern styles of the 50s, and a flair for crafting a compelling line on his horn. The set's got a number of nice originals – and titles include "In Orbit", "Pea Eye", "Argentina", "One Foot In The Gutter", and "Buck's Business". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing.)

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Two Banks Of FourCity Watching ... CD
Sirkus Recordings (UK), 2000. Used ... $7.99
A majestic batch of tunes from Two Banks Of Four – one of the most exciting UK groups we've heard in years! The set's got a really ambitious feel overall – blending together electric jazz, future beats, and a larger sense of orchestration that reminds us of the work of Cinematic Orchestra or Chris Bowden – the latter of whom is actually in the group on saxes! String arrangements are handled by Ski Oakenful, who also plays some great keyboards on the set – and most tracks are instrumentally-oriented, done in a very evocative style. Titles include "Skylines Over Rooftops", "Theme De La Tete", "Afro Blue", "Hook & A Line", "Street Lullaby (part 1)", "Routemaster", "Perilous Ways", and "Speedy's Auto Repair". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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✨✧ Juan FG Vinuesa/Josh Berman/Jason Roebke/Mikel Patrick AveryBlue Shots From Chicago ... CD
No Business (Lithuania), 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
The kind of record that makes us very proud to say we're from Chicago – as leader Juan FG Vinuesa comes up with a way to keep the city's avant scene moving forward – using some of the mix of structure and freedom from the Mike Reed generation, but also adding in both older elements, and some occasional moments of improvised freedom! A few passages swing here with a vibe that recalls older "city jazz" projects – but those are balanced by bolder statements from all members of the quartet – a superb lineup that includes Vinuesa on tenor, Josh Berman on cornet, Jason Roebke on bass, and Mikel Patrick Avery on drums and percussion. Berman sounds wonderful here – with occasional exclamatory moments that really grab us – and all tunes and arrangements are by Juan, with titles that include "Red Line Ballad", "The Alibi", "Ghost Town Studio", "La Lola", "Afro Asiatic Beat Poem", and "Luther's Mood". CD

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T Bone WalkerT Bone Walker – Classic Indigo Vocals & Guitar ... LP
Capitol, Mid 40s. Very Good ... $14.99
Incredible early work from the legendary T Bone Walker – very early recordings of the electric guitar in blues, and maybe still some of the best! Walker's already a master here – playing with this hard tone on the strings, but one that also has a surprising amount of sensitive jazz inflections too – a hollow-body mode that echoes Charlie Christian at times, but definitely explores the bluer side of the spectrum – yet never with that sort of hit-you-over-the-head quality that later artists might use. Instead, Walker's a master of understatement here – in a sublime way – and the blend of guitar solos and his own enigmatic vocals is often given a slight west coast R&B undercurrent. Still some of our favorite electric blues ever – with tracks that include "No Worry Blues", "Got A Break Baby", "T Bone Shuffle", "You're My Best Poker Hand", "First Love Blues", and "T Bone Jumps Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(60s black label Star Line pressing. Cover has some splitting on the top and bottom seams, although not completely through.)

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Randy WestonPiano A La Mode ... LP
Jubilee, Late 50s. Very Good ... $16.99
One of the most obscure Randy Weston albums of the 50s – and one of the most striking, too! The title and cover are a bit unassuming, but Weston's in his prime modern mode throughout – working both through his own compositions, and on some amazing remakes of older standards – all with understated brilliance, in the company of bassist Peck Morrison and drummer Connie Kay. The original tunes have that jagged edge and spiraling sense of line that Weston was bringing to jazz at the period – and those tunes are offset by a surprising sense of lyricism on some of the standards. Titles include "Earth Birth", "Saucer Eyes", "I Got Rhythm", "Gingerbread", "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen", "Cocktails For Two", "Honeysuckle Rose" and "Fe-Double-U Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Small black label pressing – nice and heavy! Cover has light wear and an ink stamp.)

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Wilfred PercussionWilfred Percussion ... LP
Libreville (France), 1983. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Wilfred is a hell of a percussionist – as you might guess from the title of the group and the album – and works here in a style that's similar to some of the best Brazilian jazz of the 70s – no surprise, as the album's filled with versions of classic songs by Milton Nascimento and Hermeto Pascoal! Wilfred also adds a few of his own tunes to the set, too – and the group has this great mix of keyboards and guitar with warmer acoustic percussion – all topped by the lovely vocals of Liliana, who can soar through a breezy line with the same jazzy changes as Brazilian singers like Flora Purim or Joyce! The great Cicci Santucci plays trumpet in the group, too – and the whole thing is right up there with the best jazz/fusion/Brazilian sets coming out of Germany at the time, such as work on the Nabel label – and titles include "Circo", "Tudo", "Andei", "Papo Eurado", "Uri", "Cravo E Canela", and "Ragazza Dell'Est". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of 600!)

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Willie WilliamsArmegideon Time (discomix vocal, discomix version) ... 12-inch
Soul Jazz (UK), 1980. New Copy ... $18.99
A fantastic classic from Willie Williams – a track that most people know from the famous line "a lot of people won't get their supper tonight" – and the tune's famous reworking by The Clash! But we still love Willie's version best – and this single features a fantastic disco mix on the Willie Williams cut of "Armagideon Time", replete with dubby effects, laser synth stabs and Willie's soulful vocals over the bouncing bassline! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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VariousHunk Of Heaven – Volume 4 Of The Collectable Jazzman Sevens Series ... CD
Jazzman (UK), 1960s/1970s. New Copy ... $8.99
Proof that there's few labels better at digging up an interesting groove than the mighty Jazzman imprint – home to a consistently great series of reissue 45s over the past 10 years or so! The Jazzman groove goes way beyond the standard deep funk line – into a realm of groovy styles that includes soundtrack bits, primitive electronics, female jazz vocals, socking 60s soul, and a whole lot more – all served up perfectly in this wonderful little set! And as with other Jazzman volumes, it's not just the music that makes the set great, but the way it's put together – as Gerald Jazzman manages to sort tunes and lay them out one by one in a style that really changes up the groove – pushing our expectations with each new number, and really keeping things fresh throughout! This one's way way way more than just a pile of rare funk tracks – a truly loving document of one label's commitment to the depth of music in all its forms – served up over a batch of 12 rare tunes! Titles include "Let's Go" by James Reese & The Progressions, "Baby True" by Gettysbyrg Address, "Hunk Of Heaven" by Lemuria, "Pretty Bird" by Terea, "Transfert 2002" by Le Groupe X, "Scherzi Pesanti" by Remigio Ducros, "One" by Mary Lou Williams, "Bobby's Mood" by Soul Toronadoes, "California Soul" by Marlena Shaw, and "Baltimore Oriole (King version)" by Lorez Alexandria. CD

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✨✧ Chet BakerChet Baker & Crew ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1956. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer work from the late 50's by Chet! Although Baker's trumpet playing in the early part of the decade became known as one of the trademark "cool" sounds of the west coast, he started to move towards a sound that was a lot more hardbop at the end of the decade – as you'll hear on this tasty album. The session's got a great (and unlikely) batch of players accompanying Chet – like firey young soul jazz pianist Bobby Timmons, modal grooving bassist Jimmy Bond, and cool tenorist Phil Urso. The set's a great one, and pushes Chet's sound way past the usual stereotypes. Titles include "Medium Rock", "Lucius Lu", "Revelation", and "To Mickey's Memory". Plus, this excellent reissue CD also adds a number of bonus tracks recorded by the same group, but not issued with the original album. Added titles include "Chippyin", "Line For Lyons (vocal version!)", and "Jumpin Off A Clef". CD
(Out of print, small cutout notch through spine.)

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✨✧ Ray BarrettoHard Hands ... LP
Fania, 1972. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Killer stuff all around! This album's a monster – one of Ray's greatest, with the same sort of Latin Soul groove heard famously on his classic Acid LP. The record has Ray cutting across many genres – blending Latin, soul, jazz, and a slight bit of funk – all into a set of grooves that never stops pleasing, and which will make you start digging through the Latin racks like mad, just to find another LP this great! Titles include "Hard Hands", "Abidjan", "Got to Have You", "New York Soul", and the fantastic track "Love Beads", which has a cool rolling piano line that sounds like a great De La Soul sample. It's a great track, and makes the entire album worth the price! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Jim HallCommitment ... LP
A&M, 1976. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really beautiful little album from Jim Hall – a mid 70s gem that has him recasting his style with a wonderful sound! The album features Hall in a variety of groupings – some quite spare, and featuring only accompaniment from piano (Don Thompson or Tommy Flanagan), drums (Terry Clarke), or vocals (Jane Hall) – while a few other tracks feature Hall in a nice larger group with Flanagan on piano and Art Farmer on trumpet – playing in a warm, compressed sound that's incredibly beautiful. The tunes are all quite fresh – even on the few familiar numbers on the session – and the album's a work of subtle genius that shows why Hall was one of the greatest jazz talents on the guitar during his day! Titles inlcude "Down The Line", "Walk Soft", "One Morning In May", "Lament For A Fallen Matador", "Bermuda Bye Bye", and "When I Fall In Love". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Coleman Hawkins, Roy Eldridge, Pete Brown, et alColeman Hawkins All Stars At Newport ... LP
Verve, 1957. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Three great horn players with plenty of space to solo freely – working together on the stage of the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957! The combo's one put together for the date, but they groove together nicely – rhythm by the trio of Ray Bryant on piano, Al McKibbon on bass, and Jo Jones on drums – and top-line solo work from Coleman Hawkins on tenor, Roy Eldridge on trumpet, and the great Pete Brown on alto! The album may well be one of Brown's last appearances on Verve, and his work from the 50s is always a treat – and he gets in an especially nice solo on a version of "Day By Day". Other tracks include "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me", "Moonglow", "Embraceable You", and "Sweet Georgia Brown". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Japanese pressing, UMV 2623, including the insert. Cover has a cutout notch.)

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✨✧ Catherine HoweWhat A Beautiful Place ... CD
Reflection/Numero, 1971. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful early 70s debut LP from a then 20-year-old, Halifax reared Catherine Howe – produced and arranged by US jazz pianist Bobby Scott in a mode that manages to feel lush and opulent while never belying Catherine's warmth, intimacy and maturity – and quite possibly the best unearthed singer-songwriter folk gem we've heard in years! The sound is warmly baroque, and Catherine's lovely vocals and evocative songwriting style is sheerly natural – recorded in a fairly stripped down setting and fleshed out with strings by the London Symphony Orchestra. The mix of intimacy and grandeur makes the record a bit of stylistic cousin to Nick Drake's Bryter Layter – we take our Drake seriously and we don't throw that comparison out lightly! Released by a doomed Reflection Records, which closed up shop the same year, it was pretty much automatically relegated to obscurity. Now, thankfully is a fertile time for the rediscovery post 60s folkish gems – and this one is at the very top of the line. Would you expect anything less from the Numero Group? Titles include "Up North", "On A Misty Morning", "Nothing More Than Strangers", "My Child", "The Innocence Of A Child", "It Comes With The Breezes" and more – plus the bonus demo "In The Hot Summer" – which led to the next phase of Catherine's career at RCA. CD
(Includes slipcase.)

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✨✧ Thad Jones & Mel LewisThad Jones & Mel Lewis Live At The Village Vanguard ... LP
Solid State, 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the first albums in a long line of successes from the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra – recorded live in their home turf at the Village Vanguard! The group at this point was a freshly-created outfit filled with some of the best large group jazz soloists of the time – players that included Jerome Richardson, Joe Farrell, Eddie Daniels, Pepper Adams, Richard Williams, and Bob Brookmeyer – not to mention Jones and Lewis themselves! The style here is very much in the mode that the Clarke Boland Band was crafting in Europe during the same period – a redefinition of the larger jazz group, in a way that allowed it to swing with the dynamic energy and soul of some of the smaller combos of the 60s. And while the Jones/Lewis group had many years over which to hone their craft, they've never sounded better than on these initial recordings – as you'll hear on tracks that include "Samba Con Getchu", "A That's Freedom", "Bachafillen", and "Little Pixie". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner, light wear, and a small split in the top seam.)

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✨✧ Lee Konitz & Warne MarshLee Konitz With Warne Marsh ... CD
Koch/Atlantic, 1955. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic session of cool jazz from the 50s – a majestic meeting of the alto of Lee Konitz and the tenor sax of Warne Marsh! The album's a perfect example of icy modernism at its best – swinging nicely, never too uptight, but with a well-composed approach that really shows the magic of the Konitz approach. The group features the great Billy Bauer on guitar, plus either Ronnie Ball or Sal Mosca on piano – and rhythm is by Kenny Clarke and Oscar Pettiford. Tracks are short, and titles include "Topsy", "Lee", "Donna", "Don't Squawk", and "Ronnie's Line". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lee Konitz & Warne MarshLee Konitz With Warne Marsh (Jazzlore) ... LP
Atlantic, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A classic session of cool jazz from the 50s – a majestic meeting of the alto of Lee Konitz and the tenor sax of Warne Marsh! The album's a perfect example of icy modernism at its best – swinging nicely, never too uptight, but with a well-composed approach that really shows the magic of the Konitz approach. The group features the great Billy Bauer on guitar, plus either Ronnie Ball or Sal Mosca on piano – and rhythm is by Kenny Clarke and Oscar Pettiford. Tracks are short, and titles include "Topsy", "Lee", "Donna", "Don't Squawk", and "Ronnie's Line". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Atlantic Jazzlore pressing.)

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✨✧ Memphis SlimBlue Memphis ... LP
Warner, 1971. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great little album from Memphis Slim – recorded with a few rock luminaries (John Paul Jones, Chris Spedding, Peter Winfield, Peter Green), in a sweetly electric mode that has Slim singing some excellent laidback lyrics. There's a bit of jazz to the backings, which gives the album a slick sparkle without dampening its spirit – and tracks include "Youth Wants To Know", "Mason Dixon Line", "Chicago Seven", "Otis Spann & Earl Hooker", and the extended "Blue Memphis Suite". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ MJT+3Daddy-O Presents MJT+3 ... CD
Argo/Universal (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the rarest albums of Chicago jazz from the 50s – and one of the greatest, too! Although Walter Perkins' MJT+3 went onto cut a number of records on Vee Jay with a different lineup, this early session features an all-Chicago lineup that differs from the later one, which was augmented by later visitors from Memphis, like Frank Strozier and Harold Mabern. In their place are prime Chicago talents, like altoist Nicky Hill, trumpeter Paul Serrano, and the great AACM composer/pianist Richard Muhal Abrams (playing here without the Muhal in his name!) The album's a complete delight, and is filled with loads of original compositions by Abrams that mix hard bop lines with more exotic lyrical conceptions – a true meeting of all the sides of jazz bubbling under in Chicago during the 50s, and a delight to listen to over and over again through the years! Titles include "No Land's Man", "Little Brother", "Egypic", "End Of The Line", and "Temporarily Out Of Order". CD

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✨✧ MJT+3Daddy-O Presents MJT+3 ... LP
Argo, 1960. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the rarest albums of Chicago jazz from the 50s – and one of the greatest, too! Although Walter Perkins' MJT+3 went onto cut a number of records on Vee Jay with a different lineup, this early session features an all-Chicago lineup that differs from the later one, which was augmented by later visitors from Memphis, like Frank Strozier and Harold Mabern. In their place are prime Chicago talents, like altoist Nicky Hill, trumpeter Paul Serrano, and the great AACM composer/pianist Richard Muhal Abrams (playing here without the Muhal in his name!) The album's a complete delight, and is filled with loads of original compositions by Abrams that mix hard bop lines with more exotic lyrical conceptions – a true meeting of all the sides of jazz bubbling under in Chicago during the 50s, and a delight to listen to over and over again through the years! Titles include "No Land's Man", "Little Brother", "Egypic", "End Of The Line", and "Temporarily Out Of Order". LP, Vinyl record album
(Japanese pressing – with obi!)

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✨✧ Anita O'DayAnita O'Day Sings The Winners (60s pressing) ... LP
Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good+ ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Anita O'Day pays tribute to Downbeat poll winners by singing vocal versions of their big hits in this lively set of jazz tracks from the 50s! Arrangements are by Marty Paich and Russ Garcia, both swinging as nicely as they ever did – and the setting of the album keeps Anita nicely in line, sticking to more straight jazz material than you might hear on some of her other sets from the same period. Titles include "Frenesi", "Sing, Sing, Sing", "Early Autumn", "Four Brothers", "Four", and "Night In Tunisia". LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereophonic pressing with deep groove.)

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✨✧ Return To ForeverWhere Have I Known You Before ... LP
Polydor, 1974. Very Good- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Hard grooving work from the middle years of the Return To Forever group – featuring the line up with Chick Corea on keys, synths & percussion, Stanley Clarke on bass, organ and more, Lenny White on percussion and Al DiMeola on guitars. The title may lead you to believe the set is a mellow onecentered on themes of introspection given some of the song titles, but it's actually a fairly walloping set of spacey jazz rock – with heavy drums, funky bass & synths. Titles include "Vulcan Worlds", "Where Have I Loved You Before", "The Shadow Of The Lo", "Where Have I Danced With You Before", "Beyond The Seventh Galaxy", "Earth Juice" and "Song To The Pharoah Kings". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some wear and splitting.)

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✨✧ SpiritFamily That Plays Together ... LP
Epic, 1969. Near Mint- ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The second album from Spirit – and a standout powerhouse of late 60s rock! The combo have a great way of hitting a groove without losing their cool – as heard on the classic "I Got A Line On You", which leads off the set – and unlike most of their contemporaries, who could be too bluesy for their own good, or too indulgent to keep a good hook going, Spirit here really know how to dip around all the best bits of the late 60s underground, and bring them into tighter focus for deeper penetration into the mainstream. The sound is driven strongly by drums from Ed Cassidy and guitar from Randy California – but the record's also got some nicely sweeter moments too, bits of jazz that slide into a few of the best tracks to complicate the vibe. Titles include "I Got A Line On You", "It Shall Be", "Poor Richard", "Drunkard", "Silky Sam", "Jewish", "Dream Within A Dream", and "She Smiles". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow label pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ VariousVerve Remixed ... CD
Verve (UK), 1960s/2002. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A very groovy idea! This sparkling set takes older vocal jazz tunes from the Verve catalog, and uses the songs as the basis for new tracks by some of the better producers in the global groove underground. The mix of styles and eras is quite compelling – as torchy vocals drift over the top of cutting edge beats – creating a sound that's bound to get you digging through the crates for some of these singers, and reevaluating work from the past like never before! Titles include "Who Needs Forever" by Astrud Gilberto remixed by Thievery Corporation, "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday remixed by Tricky, "Hare Krishna" by Tony Scott remixed by King Britt, "See Line Woman" by Nina Simone remixed by Masters At Work, "Return To Paradise" by Shirley Horn remixed by Mark De Clive-Lowe, "Feelin Good" by Nina Simone remixed by Joe Claussell, "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby?" by Dinah Washington remixed by Rae & Christian, and "How Long Has This Been Going On" by Carmen McCrae remixed by MJ Cole. And don't miss the super-low priced Verve Unmixed CD! CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some edgewear.)

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✨✧ Bendik BaksaasSeine Sviv ... CD
OK World (Norway), 2018. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
An airy, icy combination of voice and instrumentation – used in a way that takes us back to some of the coolest Norwegian experiments of this type from years back – like some of the sparer work of Karin Krog, or unusual vocal projects on the Jazzland label! Bendik Baksaas leads the group on keyboards and flute, but the record takes maybe even more power from the voice of Helga Myhr, who sometimes plays a Hardanger fiddle, and sometimes gets this very compelling assist from two other female singers! The rest of the instrumentation is just a bit of trumpet from Kristoffer Eikrem – and the whole thing's presented in this spacey, open way that reminds us of some of Bugge Wesseltoft's work in the studio. An unusual mix of older Norwegian modes, experimental jazz, and maybe a hint of 4AD and ECM atmospherics – with titles that include "Kontraponkt", "Lova Lova Line", "Den Lyse Dag", and "Borte Er De Sommerdage". CD

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✨✧ Angela BofillIntuition (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Capitol/Soulmusic.com (UK), 1988. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great late 80s comeback for Angela Bofill – and the kind of record that shows that she was still head and shoulders above most of her contemporaries! There's a richness here that most of Angie's contemporaries couldn't muster at the time – a style that stretches back to her deeper vocal roots, with some nice touches of jazz brought into the mix from Norman Connors, who produces a few tunes here. But the real strength of the set comes from Bofill right from the start – that bold, righteous approach to singing that still seems to find just the right space to send home the hooks of the tunes – all-adult, yet filled with a youthful sense of power too. Benjamin Wright handles some of the arrangements, and Vincent Brantley produced a bit too – and titles include "I Just Wanna Stop", "Love Is In Your Eyes", "Long Gone", "For You & I", "Intuition", "Festival/Down The Line", "Special Lover", and "Love Overtime". CD features two bonus tracks – "I Just Wanna Stop (single edit)" and "Love Is In Your Eyes (12" single edit)". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Roswell Rudd, Steve Lacy, Misha Mengelberg, et alRegeneration ... LP
Soul Note (Italy), 1983. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
A very hip little set – not just because of the players, but also because of the choice of material! Half the tracks are Monk compositions, and the other half by Herbie Nichols – so the record's filled with angular, modern tones that echo back to some key jazz moments of the postwar years, but which are also handled here with some of the newly creative elements that came in during this period's rediscovery of Monk's music. The front line of the group features Roswell Rudd on trombone and Steve Lacy on soprano – but almost best of all here is Misha Mengelberg, who's sharp tones on piano more than live up to the legacy of the two famous inspirations for the album – and also have a bit more warmth than on some of his usual dates. Other group members include Kent Carter on bass and Han Bennink on drums – and titles include "Twelve Bars", "Blue Chopsticks", "2300 Skidoo", "Monk's Mood", and "Epistrophy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has bumped corners.)

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✨✧ Horace SilverStylings Of Silver ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great Horace Silver album – and one of the rarest! The record features some top-line material that virtually defines Silver's post-Jazz Messengers sound – tracks that come out with a hard and heavy groove, yet which also have a lightness in the mix too – a sense of play and lyricism that's always made Silver's soul deeper than most of his contemporaries! The group on the set is top-shelf all the way through – with Art Farmer on trumpet and Hank Mobley on tenor – alongside a rhythm team that includes Teddy Kotick on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. Titles include "Metamorphosis", "Home Cookin", "No Smokin", and "Soulville". CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)

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✨✧ Sokratis Votskos QuartetAlmopian Etude/Sevenates ... 7-inch
Jazzman (UK), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
There's a strongly descending piano line in "Almpoian Etude" – one that gives the whole tune a moody, modal vibe before leader Sokratis Votskos really stretches out on soprano sax – taking the whole thing into nicely spiritual territory! "Sevenates" is a bit more upbeat, and has a style that mixes older Greek rhythms with a more contemporary jazz approach – one that has the soprano leaping nicely alongside the piano, bass, and drums! 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Francois De RoubaixDaughters Of Darkness (Les Levres Rouges) (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Butler (Netherlands), Early 70s. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
One of the spookiest soundtracks ever crafted by one of our favorite film composers of all time! Francois DeRoubaix always had this amazing style to his music – unlike anyone else, especially in the way he could blend together spare acoustic elements and unusual sonic and electronic touches! There's a very intimate feel to the record – almost as if Francois is performing most of the sounds in the studio himself – balancing a guitar line with a keyboard fill, a bowed bass bit with drums, soaring strings with trumpet, and so on – occasionally hitting some funky touches that really keep things interesting – and which makes some of DeRoubaix best work on a par with the genius of Serge Gainsbourg and Jean-Claude Vannier! Titles include "The Countess Kiss", "Phantom Organ & Piano", "Pursuit On The Dunes Of Ostend", "Accident & Cymbalum", "Love On The Rails", "Red Lips", "Ballad In Bruges", and "The Dunes Of Ostend Flagellation". Also features two bonus tracks not used in the film – "Dracula 68 Woodstock" and "The Bruges Band". CD also features three bonus remixes – of "Ilona's Jazz", "Le Rap Des Levres Rouges", and "La Nuit Souls La Mer" – plus the bonus song "Vampire". CD
Also available Daughters Of Darkness (Les Levres Rouges) (180 gram pressing – with bonus tracks) ... LP 26.99

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✨✧ Tete MontoliuSongs For Love (2nd cover) ... LP
Enja, Early/Mid 70s. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Sublime solo piano work from Tete Montoliu – a set that takes off from the superb directions he'd hit on his Spanish albums of the 60s – when Tete was emerging as one of the most lyrically fluid pianists on the European scene! That legacy is greatly enhanced here – as Montoliu works without any bass or drums at all, yet has this wonderfully rhythmic quality to his music – not in the ways that Garner or Tatum might have expressed in a similar setting, but this more flowing sense of color – really illustrating some of the advances that the European jazz scene was making at the time. Titles include "Rainy Day", "Two Catlan Songs", "Gentofte 4349", "Apartment 412", "Ballad For Line", and "Little Camila". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing.)

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✨✧ Masahiko SatoOnimotsu Konimotsu ... CD
Super Fuji Discs (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Very groovy soundtrack material from Masahiko Sato – a Japanese jazz artist that you might know from some equally groovy records in the 60s! This film music follows somewhat in the spirit of Sato's other recordings, save for the fact that the tunes are shorter – more like film cues overall – and often focus around this wonderfully cool main theme that has a riffing trumpet, followed by a riffing guitar, then laced with a sweet keyboard line – a great tune that's offered up in many variations, and which almost feels as if some UK ITV theme from the 60s was given a fresh treatment at the A&M Records studios! There's a few vocal tunes, but the album's mostly instrumental – and there's some nice twists and turns as things move along, especially towards the second half of the record, where some of the instrumentation is even more unusual. The CD is relatively short, but the package more than makes up for that with a very big booklet of notes in Japanese and photos. CD
 
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Les Jazz ModesMood In Scarlet ... LP
Dawn, 1956. Very Good ... $14.99
A unique album by one of the oddest jazz groups ever. Les Jazz Modes was the brainchild of horn player Julius Watkins and tenor player Charlie Rouse (who was best known for his work with Monk). The two of them played tight chamber jazz lines with sort of a raw edge, and they added into the mix the soul jazz piano of Gildo Mahones, plus weird moody non-verbal backing by a female singer. The end result is a totally unique sound that's somewhere in between jazz and lounge, but which is probably more in the jazz camp, thanks to great soloing by Rouse. Tracks include "Bohemia", "Catch Her", "Hoo Tai", "Linda Delia", "Mood In Scarlet", and 2 bonus tracks! Reissued with the original cover, and 24 bit remastering, too. LP, Vinyl record album
(Black label pressing with deep groove. NOTE – Cover is "censored" with magazine cut-outs taped over the figure on front.)

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MachitoTanga – The King Of Afro Jazz ... CD
El (UK), Late 40s/1950s. New Copy ... $3.99 13.99
Seminal sounds from the mighty Machito – all recorded during those key years when he was having a huge impact on both the jazz and Latin scenes in New York! Much of the work here features that blend of Havana roots and bebop performance that Machito and Mario Bauza pioneered during the postwar years – music that definitely draws strongly from some of the bigger groups and smaller combos in the US at the time, but which mixes their jazz lines with some incredible percussion and very lively rhythms. CD brings together 22 tracks in all – including "The Afro Cuban Jazz Suite", plus "Tanga", "Vaya Nina", "Babarabatiri", "Tibiri Tabara", "Frenzy", "Coisa Nova", "Brazilian Soft Shoe", "Mamabo Inn", and "Freezelandia". CD

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Willis JacksonAfter Hours (Loose/Soul Grabber) ... CD
Prestige, 1963/1967. New Copy ... $5.99 18.98
Don't be put off by the title of the set – because it's not some snoozy "after hours" album of ballads! Instead, it's a great pairing of two rare cookers from the great Willis Jackson – both of them hard-wailing sets that cook in a classic 60s organ/tenor mode! Loose is from 1963, and features Willis grooving in some wonderfully uptight soul jazz lines – working in a format that's a bit more gutbuckety than some of his later work – with Carl Wilson playing chunky Hammond grooves, Frank Robinson punching it up on trumpet, and Bill Jones twanging away on guitar. The set includes a very lively reading of "After Hours", plus the tracks "What Will I Tell My Heart" and "Secret Love". Even better is Soul Grabber, from 1967 – one of our favorite album ever by Willis Jackson – and in fact one of our favorite soul jazz sides of the 60s! There's a mad groove here that's quite different than any of Jackson's earlier work – freer, looser, and more experimental – handled with a sound that's almost fuller in the arrangements, but which also gives the soloists more room to groove around. Willis himself plays the amazing gatorhorn on a number of tracks – a long funny-looking variation on the tenor, and a horn that has an almost George Braith or Roland Kirk-like sound. The rest of the group features some great guitar by Wally Richardson and smoking organ by Carl Wilson – plus electric bass at the bottom from Bob Bushnell, a key component to the harder-hitting quality of the grooves. The set features a fantastic version of Baden Powell's "Song of Ossahana", plus great covers of "Sunny", "Girl Talk", and "Ode to Billy Joe" – and the tracks "Soul Grabber", "Alfie", "I Dig Rock & Roll Music", and "Rhode Island Red". For space reasons, the CD omits the track "Y'all" from the album Loose. CD
(Please Note – CD case has a small cutout hole.)

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Frank Morgan AllstarsReflections ... LP
Contemporary, 1988. Very Good ... $1.99
Excellent later work from Frank Morgan – the legendary LA altoist who first burned brightly in the bop generation, then came back to make really rich recordings like this! The set's got Frank in some really great company – a hip sextet that features Joe Henderson on tenor, Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Mulgrew Miller on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Al Foster on drums – a sweet modern jazz lineup that ensures that the record's filled with sharp changes and deep colors – arguably a lot more so than some of Morgan's later revival sessions – with a vibe that's much more like some of Hutcherson or Henderson's best from the 80s. Titles include "Old Bowl New Grits", "Starting Over", "Reflections", "OK", and "Black Narcissus". LP, Vinyl record album

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Eddie PalmieriFull Circle ... CD
Ropeadope/Uprising, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 15.98
Fantastic work from Eddie Palmieri – sounding here as if he hasn't changed a thing since the 70s! With most artists, that would be a critique – but given that during the 70s, Eddie was constantly ablaze with creative activity, and always pushing his boundaries – we mean that statement as a compliment in the best possible way – because all these many years later, Palmieri is still setting the standard for everything that can be done in Latin jazz, and reminding us that few folks can ever reach the heights to which he's taken us over the years! Eddie's been sneaking a few killer albums on the market over the past decade or so, and this is the latest in that run – completely away from any more commercial inclinations, and done in a burning descarga mode that allows Eddie's piano to really open up in a killer jazz lineup that includes Jimmy Bosch and Conrad Herwig on trombones, Jonathan Powell on trumpet, Louis Fouche on trumpet, Luques Curtis on bass, and Camilo Molina on timbales! Herman Olivera sings lead vocals, but the tracks are long and feature lots of jazzy solos – on titles that include "Paolo Pa Rumba", "Oyelo Que Te Conviene", "Linda Yambu", "Azucar", "Vamanos Pa'L Monte", and "Muneca". CD

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Mongo SantamariaUp From The Roots ... LP
Atlantic, 1972. Very Good+ ... $8.99
A really surprising turn in the career of Mongo Santamaria – especially after a run of successful mainstream Latin sides for Columbia and Atlantic! The album's definitely "up from the roots", and features Mongo in a percussion-heavy exploration of older Afro-Cuban rhythms – served up here in really traditional modes, with a much more folksy sound than any of his other work for the time. Most instrumentation on side one is from percussion – but as the record goes on, the "history" of Latin music begins to seep in – with some great jazz lines from players who include Felix Watkins on flute, Carter Jefferson on tenor and soprano saxes, and Jon Faddis on trumpet – plus a bit of keyboards from Eddie Martinez. Neal Creque, Eddy Martinez, and Marty Sheller all help out on arrangement as the sound builds through the set – so by the end the record is nice and funky, and filled with plenty of soul! Titles include "Little Angel", "Sofrito", "Forked Tongue", "Jose Outside", "Para Ti", and "Conga, Bata, y Chequere". LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green label Broadway pressing. Cover has some wear, with a promo sticker in the top right corner and a name in marker on both sides. Label has a name in marker.)

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Warren Oree & Arpeggio Jazz EnsembleLifeline ... CD
Silk Skin, 2002. Used ... $1.99
... CD
(Out of print.)

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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time (80s pressing) ... LP
Coral, 1957. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A great large group project from arranger Manny Albam – one that teams him up with "jazz greats" of the east coast scene, in a really hard-swinging set of tracks that showcase some wonderful solo work! Manny's working here with a set of players who are well-chosen for their ability to work strongly in an ensemble, yet also break out with strong solo work when the moment comes – and the lineup includes Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Zoot Sims, Phil Woods, Bob Brookmeyer, and Art Farmer – with rhythm by the trio of Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, and Osie Johnson. The tracks are long, with more room for soloing than usual on this sort of album – and nearly all of them are originals by Manny. Titles include "Minor Matters", "Blues From Neither Coast", and "Latined Fracture". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s MCA pressing.)

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Cossi AnatzCossi Anatz – Jazz Afro-Occitan ... LP
Vendemiaire/Digger's Digest (France), Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)... $32.99
Really fantastic work from Cossi Anatz – a 70s French group who play something they term as "jazz Afro-Occitan" – a wonderful hybrid of modes that's even more compelling than you might think! At some level, the record follows from some of the experiments of Jef Gilson along these lines, and maybe a bit like some of the famous MPS jazz-meets-world recordings – but the style is also more freewheeling and open, done with more of an influence from Free jazz at times – and with rhythms that almost point the way more towards 80s experiments of this nature, particularly some from the Don Cherry side of the spectrum. The group features Michel Marre on trumpet in the lead – clearly the lead creative force, as he also wrote all the songs – and the lineup also features Jean-Marc Padovani on soprano sax and tenor, plus electric and acoustic piano, drums, and two more percussionists. Titles include "Al Coltrane", "Sarhaoui", "Bourree Du Ceor", and "Hortus". LP, Vinyl record album
(Limited to 500 copies.)

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Harry BabasinHarry Babasin & The Jazz Pickers ... LP
Mode, Late 50s. Very Good ... $19.99
An excellent set of 50s west coast chamber jazz – featuring a quintet that includes Harry Babasin on cello, Terry Gibbs on vibes, Demsey Wright on guitar, Ben Tucker on bass, and Bill Douglass on drums. The pairing of cello and vibes in the frontline is really great – and with additional support from guitar, the instruments really swing nicely on the set. The album's the sort that you might miss, because the Premier label was sort of a budget operation – but it's a really nice little side that grooves with a keen late 50s approach that's very much in the manner of similar albums on Dawn or Bethlehem – but arguably better, as it's recorded with an open feel, and some really great sound. Titles include "Hoppy", "De Ge", "On Bear Hill", "Pee Wee", and "Wingo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original pressing with the deep groove! Cover has a split top seam and some surface wear on the back.)

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Billy BangOutline No 12 ... LP
OAO/Celluloid, 1983. Near Mint- ... $9.99
Bang proves once again that he's one of the few jazz players who can make the violin work without being too flowery or too overindulgent – in a manner that almost makes you forget the instrument he's using, because you're so caught up in the waves of sound! The group features some prime NYC loft jazz players – including Frank Lowe, Wilbur Morris, Charles Tyler, David Murray, and Sunny Murray – and titles include "Conception", "Seeing Together", and "Outline No 12". LP, Vinyl record album

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Baroque Jazz EnsembleHard Swinging Jazz For Bach Buffs ... LP
Realm, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $9.99
An unusual lineup – with vibes from leader Dave Carey – plus tenor from John Murtaugh, trumpet from Lew Gluckin, and guitar from Barry Galbraith! LP, Vinyl record album
(Gold label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear and aging.)

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Baroque Jazz TrioBaroque Jazz Trio ... LP
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1970. New Copy Gatefold (reissue)... $22.99
Beautiful stuff – and one of the most stunning jazz albums ever recorded – a blinding mix of harpsichord, cello, and Indian percussion – with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The album was the brainchild of the cross-culturally fertile Saravah records at the end of the 60s – home to experimental work by Brigitte Fontaine, Barney Wilen, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and others. From the start, the group wanted to work in a boundary-less territory that really pushed the limits of jazz – drawing in inspiration from world music, and working in a style they called "baroque", to emphasize the bizarreness of their project. Given the heavy use of tabla on the set, the album's got a really driving rhythmic component – making for some funky numbers that have been sought-after jazz-dance tracks for years. And the role of the harpsichord is surprisingly strong – played in almost modal lines, but with a hesitating, lilting groove that's quite different to similar use of the piano at the time. Titles include "Delhi Daily", "Chandigardh", "Latin Baroque", "Zoma", and "Cesar Go Back Home". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Baroque Jazz TrioBaroque Jazz Trio (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Saravah/Souffle Continu (France), 1970. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Beautiful stuff – and one of the most stunning jazz albums ever recorded – a blinding mix of harpsichord, cello, and Indian percussion – with a sound that's unlike anything else we can think of! The album was the brainchild of the cross-culturally fertile Saravah records at the end of the 60s – home to experimental work by Brigitte Fontaine, Barney Wilen, The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, and others. From the start, the group wanted to work in a boundary-less territory that really pushed the limits of jazz – drawing in inspiration from world music, and working in a style they called "baroque", to emphasize the bizarreness of their project. Given the heavy use of tabla on the set, the album's got a really driving rhythmic component – making for some funky numbers that have been sought-after jazz-dance tracks for years. And the role of the harpsichord is surprisingly strong – played in almost modal lines, but with a hesitating, lilting groove that's quite different to similar use of the piano at the time. Titles include "Delhi Daily", "Chandigardh", "Latin Baroque", "Zoma", and "Cesar Go Back Home". CD also features 2 bonus tracks – "Largo" and "Orientasie". CD
Also available Baroque Jazz Trio ... LP 22.99

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Les BaxterAfrican Jazz ... LP
Capitol, Late 50s. Very Good ... $24.99
One of the coolest, grooviest records we've ever heard from the great Les Baxter – and a real standout set, even amidst his other exotica albums for Capitol! This one really delivers on the "jazz" promised in the title – thanks to strong tenor solos from Plas Johnson, who plays in this bold, lusty style that's right out front in the mix – over cool exotic rhythms that come through with more force than some of the other Baxter albums from the time! There's some nice vibes on the album, and plenty of percussion as well – and titles include "Congo Train", "Walkin Watusi", "Ostrich Hunt", "Balinese Bongos", and "Mombasa After Midnight". Fantastic stuff, and recorded with beautiful sound! LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono rainbow label pressing. Cover has a small split on the top seam.)

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Big FourJazz At The Torys ... LP
King (Japan), 1957. Near Mint- ... $34.99
That's Torys, as in Suntory's – the big Japanese distillery who's hosting this special performance of The Big Four – a crackling lineup that features soulful tenor from Hidehiko Matsumoto and drums from George Kawaguchi! The core group have an energy that's like the best American bop combos of the 50s – and they wail away beautifully at the start of the set, then pick up some additional sounds from guest musicians who include Sadao Watanabe on alto and Akira Miyazawa on tenor – plus a bit of vibes and vocals as well. Tracks include "Harlem Nocturne", "Seiji's Boogie", "Battle Of Sax", "Summertime", "Tenderly", and "Cotton Tail". LP, Vinyl record album
(Early 70s pressing – with obi!)

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Black Art Jazz CollectiveBlack Art Jazz Collective – Presented By The Side Door Jazz Club ... CD
Sunnyside, 2016. Used ... $11.99
A totally great group – all hip leaders who've given us great records on their own in recent years, working together here as a combo with a really fresh sound of its own! The music draws on the strengths of the individual members, but also really pushes forward, too – as their unified voices create moments of pride and power that are maybe even brighter than recent records on own – a truly artful collective expression of the talents of Wayne Escoffery on tenor, Jeremy Pelt on trumpet, James Burton on trombone, Xavier Davis on piano, Vincente Archer on bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. There's maybe more angular lines than we might have expected, but still a deep sense of warmth as well – on titles that include "Essence Of Beauty", "Double Consciousness", "Going Somewhere", "Salvador Da Bahia", "Devil Eyes", and "Awaiting Change". CD

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Art BlakeyAt The Jazz Corner Of The World Vol 1 ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 1959. New Copy ... $14.99
Smoking live material from Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – a set recorded at Birdland, aka The Jazz Corner Of The World – home to a number of key performances by the group! The lineup here features a key transitional version of the group – with the younger Lee Morgan on trumpet and Bobby Timmons on piano, already setting the combo on fire with their new ideas and very bold work on solos – and the great Hank Mobley on tenor, who'd worked with Blakey for a few years at this time – and provides this deeply soulful grounding that's as great as his own records, but maybe even a bit more open in the live setting. The great Jymie Merritt is on bass – one of Art's secret weapons over the years – and the set list of this first volume includes "Hipsippy Blues", "Justice", "Just Coolin", and a nice version of "Close Your Eyes". CD
(Part of the "Blue Note 80 – More 60 Works" series!)

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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 ... $5.99
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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✨✧ Dave BrubeckJazz At The College Of The Pacific ... LP
Fantasy, Early 50s. Sealed ... Just Sold Out!
Classic early live material from the Dave Brubeck Quartet – already humming along nicely with some great alto sax from Paul Desmond! The group's in fine form here – a bit more relaxed and open than on their Columbia recordings – with plenty of creative piano lines from Dave, showing just a slight dose of modernism, and lots more of that cool, icy alto sax work that made Desmond a standout right from the start. Rhythm is by Ron Crotty on bass and Joe Dodge on drums – and titles include "Laura", "Lullaby In Rhythm", "For All We Know", "All The Things You Are", and "I'll Never Smile Again". LP, Vinyl record album
(OJC pressing. Shrinkwrap has a torn corner.)

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John CameronJazzrock – KPM 1097 (180 gram pressing) ... LP
KPM/Be With (UK), 1972. New Copy (reissue)... $29.99
One of the crowning achievements of British arranger John Cameron – and perfectly titled too – given that John got his start in jazz, but also worked with plenty of British rock acts too – a legacy that comes together perfectly in this ultra-groovy set! The tunes are among some of Cameron's funkiest – and often feature heavy electric elements in the rhythms, topped by bold passages on horns – keyboards criss-crossing with saxes, basslines rumbling next to trumpets – all with a funky style that's right up there with the best of the American crime, cop, or blacksploitation soundtracks of the time! Titles include "Chicago Sidewalk", "Brass Monkey", "The Prowler", "Underlying Expectancy", "Smokey Joe's Dilemma", "The Great Escape", and "49th Street Shakedown". LP, Vinyl record album

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John ColtraneColtrane Jazz ... LP
Atlantic, 1960. Near Mint- ... Just Sold Out!
The title may be a simple one, but the record really marks a key point in John Coltrane's development – an embrace of the newer freedoms allowed to him at Atlantic Records, but in a way that's a bit more subtle than some of his other work for the label! At one level, the record moves at the same groove as Trane's later Prestige years – with rhythm mostly from Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Jimmy Cobb on drums – carving out some sharp lines for Coltrane to cascade over on tenor sax. Yet there's also a new sense of darkness here too – one that moves into edgier territory, and which isn't nearly as settled in as before. These qualities sneak out of both original numbers like "Harmonique", "Fifth House", and "Like Sonny" – as well as standards like "My Shining Hour" and "Little Old Lady". And they really come to the forefront on the classic "Village Blues" – the one track that features the new Coltrane group of McCoy Tyner, Steve Davis, and Elvin Jones! LP, Vinyl record album
(Red & green Rockefeller label pressing.)

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Paul DesmondPaul Desmond & The Modern Jazz Quartet ... CD
Red Baron, 1971. Used ... $11.99
A rare pairing, and a great one too – as Paul Desmond joins the Modern Jazz Quartet for a unique live set from the early 70s – with a great sound that's even more wonderful than we expected! Desmond is always great no matter what the setting – but he sounds especially nice working here alongside the mix of piano and vibes offered by the MJQ – in a style that's subtle, but never as sleepy as some of their other records from the period, thanks to some sharper edges from Desmond. The alto sax really brings something new to this record – carving out snakey little lines that glow and glimmer with a nicely subdued soul – and in a way, the MJQ really just seem to be holding back in a role where they're Paul's accompanists, and not the main stars of the set. Titles include "Greensleeves", "Blue Dove", "You Go To My Head", "East Of The Sun", "Here's That Rainy Day", "Bag's New Groove", and "Jesus Christ Superstar". CD
(Out of print.)

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Kenny DorhamJazz Contemporary/Showboat ... CD
Jazz Plot, 1960. Used ... $4.99
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 these albums! The first 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". The second album is not the Broadway record that you might guess from the title, but a great showboat for the hipper talents of trumpeter Kenny Dorham! The album is made up of tunes from the famous show, but the presentation here is quite strongly hardbop – blown by Kenny with the same mix of sweet and modern you might hear on his Blue Note records, but a bit looser too – almost with the rougher edges of a Prestige date. Other players include Jimmy Heath on tenor, Kenny Drew on piano, Jimmy Garrison on piano, and Art Taylor on drums – one hell of a great group – and although the titles are familiar – "Can't Help Lovin Dat Man", "Ol Man River", "Why Do I Love You", and "Nobody Else But Me" – they're recast by Kenny as thoughtful little showpieces, rich with imagination, and played as if they were his own compositions. CD

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Kenny Dorham, Herbie Mann, Zoot Sims, & OthersJazz Committee For Latin American Affairs ... LP
FM, 1961. Very Good ... $9.99
Stone cooking hardbop – done with all the sharp edges of a New York session, even though the material was recorded live in Rio! The setting is an unusual one – a State Department tour of American jazz musicians – but a lineup that moves way past some of the overly-mainstream "ambassadors" out there – given that the players include Kenny Dorham on trumpet, Zoot Sims and Al Cohn on tenors, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Herbie Mann on flute, and even Ahmed Abdul-Malik on oud! Tracks are nice and long – very much in a jam session mode on the best numbers, but mixed with some well-played mellower moments too – and titles include "Wee Dot", "Red Door", "Autumn Leaves", and the haunting original "Ismaaa", which has a great Eastern feel, thanks to the oud! LP, Vinyl record album
(Fresh Sounds pressing. Cover has some pen on back and a piece of clear tape on the bottom seam.)

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Dave DouglasBrazen Heart – Live At Jazz Standard (8CD set) ... CD
Greenleaf, 2018. New Copy 8 CDs ... $46.99 49.99
A tremendous tribute to the ever-evolving genius of jazz trumpeter Dave Douglas – and a super-expanded live set that puts Dave in the company of classic players like John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, or Dexter Gordon – whose extended live expressions never fail to hold our imagination! The 8CDs of material here were recorded over four nights in 2015 – with Dave's trumpet in the same company as his excellent group on the Brazen Heart album – Jon Irabgon on tenor, Linda Oh on bass, Rudy Royston on drums, and Matt Mitchell on piano – a superb lineup that balances individual expressions with a really coherent sense of soul in the group. Many tunes repeat from night to night, but the solos and conception changes nicely – as you'd find in a box of this nature by John Coltrane – and the whole thing offers up a heck of a bang for your record-buying buck! CD
 
 
 



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