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Arpeggio Jazz EnsembleLe Le ... LP
AJE/Jazz Room (UK), 1987. New Copy (reissue)... $24.99 30.99
Very cool Philly work from the 80s – played by a group who've got the same spiritual vibe as underground artists from the decade before! The combo features the requisite saxes and percussion – but they also have this really wonderful use of vibes, played by Bill Lewis – who handles the instrument in rhythmic, chromatic ways that remind us a bit of the work of Paris Smith on his fantastic records from Chicago! Tracks are all nice and long, and built with a wonderful vibe – served up by a lineup that includes Lamont King and Steve Murphy on saxes, Warren Oree on bass, Greg Jones on drums, and Ed Watkins on percussion – plus a bit of vocals from Sherry Butler. Titles include "Strauss", "You Left Me Your Smile", "Wet Walnuts & Whipped Cream", "One More Vodka", and "The Infidels". LP, Vinyl record album

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Tony Lavorgna & The St Thomas Jazz QuartetChameleon ... LP
Antelope Records/Jazz Room (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $20.99 26.99
An obscure one – but with some great funky jazz moments! The album features the work of The St. Thomas Jazz Quartet – a group that might conjure up images of the Carribean, but who were really just a great soul jazz combo from Cleveland. David Thomas plays some excellent Hammond B-3 in the group – and the best cuts feature him comping and vamping away in long solos, while also adding great fills to the work by the band's trumpter, Mike Parkinson, and guest sax player Tony LaVorgna. The real highlights are remakes of two classic 70s funk numbers – Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" and War's "The World Is a Ghetto" – both done in killer 10 minute versions that groove and jam on forever! Wild cover, too! LP, Vinyl record album

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Jazzberry PatchJazzberry Patch ... LP
JBP/Jazz Room (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... $19.99 29.99
A funky electric jazz jam that's been lost for years – very heavy on the keyboards and filled with choppy sax riffs! The sound here is kind of a combination of the Groove Merchant style of the early 70s and some of the tighter intensity of Stone Alliance – as the group (like Stone Alliance) is only a trio, working with instrumentation that includes saxes, drums, and lots of groovy keyboards! The smallness of the group makes for a very sharp-edged sound – one that bristles with electricity, even on the acoustic instruments – and which still stays tight even on the few tracks that bring in other players and a bit of vocals. Mike Longo gives the combo plenty of props in the notes, and also plays some Fender Rhodes on the record – and titles include the massive 20 minute "Jazzberry Patch" jam, the funky vocal track "These Are My Friends", and cuts "Planed Off", "Over Easy", and "Sand N Your Blues". LP, Vinyl record album

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Johnny WalkerAdvent ... LP
Walk-on/Jazz Room (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $21.99 24.99
Trumpeter Johnny Walker steps out of the gate with a really wonderful sound here – mixing some deeper spiritual inclinations with a bit of the jazzier funk you might hear from a musician like Donald Byrd – all served up with a sharp indie style that really gives the album its own sort of special vibe! We love the way that Walker can mix spirit and groove here – working with a set of musicians who include Tom Chapin on alto, Charles Stephens on trombone, Al Givens on tenor and soprano, Martin Albert on guitar, and Robert Damper on keyboards and piano – all musicians who really help to keep things interesting as they provide their own hip twists and turns on the set of original material by Walker! Tracks include "Music & Art JD", "Arrival", "Black Label", "Dirkie", "Advent", and "Find A Way". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Carlos FranzettiGrafitti ... LP
Jazz Room (UK), 1977. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An amazing little record from keyboardist Carlos Franzetti – a set that blends together jazz, Latin, and club influences from the 70s – all together in one totally unique sort of sound! The album's got a vibe that's incredibly soulful – filled with rhythms and changes that are quite different from the ordinary, but also pretty darn funky too – in a way that's somewhere between the best 70s productions of Larry Mizell, and the two amazing records cut in the decade by Bobby Vince Paunetto! Franzetti plays Fender Rhodes, moog, and acoustic piano on the record – and the backings are full, but always nice and lean – mixing bits of strings with Latin percussion, electric bass, guitar, and loads of great horns. A few cuts have some great scatting vocals alongside the instrumentation – and the sound here is unlike anything else you might have heard LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Eric GhostSecret Sauce ... LP
Award/Jazz Room (UK), Early 70s. New Copy (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The cover art is a great fit for this record – as fluteman Eric Ghost works with some nicely psychedelic styles in his music – often some of the modes that contemporary Jeremy Steig would use on some of his coolest albums of the late 60s! Instrumentation here is nice and lean – percussion, bass, and piano – and there's a tightness to most of the cuts that moves between funky and spiritual modes, both of which are handled wonderfully by Ghost on his variety of flutes – with a mind-expanding approach that's light years past more familiar jazz flute material by an artist like Herbie Mann. Titles include "Moab", "Secret Sauce", "Bizarre Bazaar", "Orangeland", "Oliver Snagnasty", and "Pakakrakatoa". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Robin Jones & His QuintetDenga ... LP
Apollo Sound/Jazz Room (UK), 1971. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A hell of a record of Latin Jazz – recorded in the UK, but with a vibe that puts the whole thing right up there with some of the most inventive American albums of a few years before – such as Latin jazz classics by Sabu Martinez, Cal Tjader, or Eddie Palmieri! Robin Jones is the leader, and plays drums and timbales here – and the group are a tight sextet who work with no vocals at all – just flutes and saxes from Olaf Vas, a great talent who really shades in the sound – plus piano and Rhodes from Ian Henry, bass from Percy Borthwick, and percussion from Simon Morton and Tony Uter. Given the lack of other instrumentation, there's a fantastic focus on the percussion, reeds, and piano – and the whole thing's a cracker through and through, with titles that include "Africa Revisited", "Urubu", "Con Fuego", "Denga", and "Sucio Mambo". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Tata VasquezEcstasy ... LP
La China/Jazz Room (UK), 1979. New Copy (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A rare salsa session, originally issued on a very small label – and one of the few albums we've ever seen under the leadership of Tata Vasquez! The set's got a fantastic sound throughout – very soulful lead vocals from Felix Santini, on tracks that also open up with a richly rhythmic vibe – and a fair bit of jazzy solos on flute and tenor from the legendary Mauricio Smith, a player we've loved since the 60s! Side two is especially great, with the long "Suite Guaracho" and "Orgullo Y Vanidad" – but the whole record's wonderful, and other titles include "Cool Breeze", "La Barberia", "El Loco", and "Maltido Vicio". LP, Vinyl record album
 
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Manny AlbamJazz Greats Of Our Time Vol 1 ... LP
Coral, 1957. Near Mint- ... $14.99
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
(Mono maroon label pressing with deep groove. Cover has some surface wear and aging.)

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✨✧ Rupa BiswasDisco Jazz ... CD
Numero, 1982. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
A record that's got to be one of the coolest recorded in Calgary during the early 80s – as it offers up a really unusual blend of modes that definitely lives up to its title, and which also borrows a bit from Indian music as well! Singer Rupa Biswas fronts a group that's equally strong on the instrumental tip, and which allow for plenty of room in the tracks to let the players stretch out and solo – in a blend of keyboards and guitar with more traditional sarod and tablas! Rhythms are mostly upbeat, but in ways that are more interesting than the "disco" title implies – especially in 1982 – and the whole thing's maybe first a funky fusion record, which then borrows a bit from Indian percussion, then adds in Rupa's vocals in the lead. Titles include "Aaj Shanibar", "Moja Bhari Moja", "East West Shuffle", and the side-long jam "Ayee Morshume/Be Reham Duniya". CD

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Ray BrownJazz Cello ... CD
Verve, 1960. Used ... $9.99
The great bassist Ray Brown proves that any instrument can swing – here picking up a cello, and grooving wonderfully in a very warm setting! The album features arrangements by Russ Garcia – slightly modern, and with lots of space, so that Ray can play both bass and cello with room to stretch out in complicated solos that might have gotten buried under larger backings. Other players include Don Fagerquist, Paul Horn, Bob Cooper, and Jimmy Rowles – and titles include "Rosalie", "Alice Blue Gown", "Tangerine", "That Old Feeling", and "Memories Of You". CD
(2003 digipak pressing.)

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Diahann CarrollPersian Room Presents Diahann Carroll ... LP
United Artists, 1959. Very Good+ ... $9.99 13.99
A great early album from Diahann Carroll – the kind of set that shows that she was already ahead of the pack on the scene! The album's a mix of jazz vocals and more uptown material – all handled by the young Peter Matz, who does a great job with the charts – at a level that works perfect for Diahann's vocals! Titles include "Heat Wave", "Shopping Around", "All or Nothing at All", and "Stormy Weather". LP, Vinyl record album
(White label promo. Back cover has a promo ink stamp, minimal wear and is nice overall!)

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Ray CharlesGenius + Soul = Jazz/My Kind Of Jazz ... CD
Impulse, 1960. Used ... $3.99
We might argue with the mathematics in the title – or at least joke that Ray was using equations as titles years before Anthony Braxton – but you can't contest the fact that this one's a classic treat, and a legendary attempt to class up Ray's bluesy style for the masses. Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns handled the arrangements, and given that the record was issued by ABC a few years before they brought Ray into a country mode, it's interesting to think what might have happened had his career continued this way. There's only a small number of vocal tracks on the record, and most of the rest feature Ray at the organ, grooving away very nicely! Titles include "One Mint Julep", "Moanin", "I've Got News For You", "Mister C", and "Stompin Room Only". CD
(Out of print.)

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Don Elliott Octet featuring CandidoJamaica Jazz ... LP
ABC, 1958. Very Good+ ... $19.99
Featuring great work by Candido on a number of the tracks, most of which are great calypso-sounding cuts, which give Candido a lot of room to solo. Tracks include "Push De Button", "Savanna", "Ain't It The Truth" and "Napoleon". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono black label pressing with deep groove. Cover has light wear, some aging, and a name in pencil in back.)

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Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan & OthersJazz Giants '58 ... CD
Verve, 1958. Used ... $9.99
An all-star session put together by Verve in 1958 – one that features a septet of some of the label's biggest giants in jazz at the time! The format here is a bit open-ended – almost like some of the earlier JATP sessions on Verve – with lots of room for personal interaction between the soloists, especially the horn players in the lead! These include Stan Getz on tenor, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, and Harry Edison on trumpet – working alongside Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums. Titles include a beautiful extended "Ballad Medley" – really a great illustration of the freedoms that Verve brought to jazz recording in the 50s – plus the titles"Chocolate Sundae", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Candy". CD
(Out of print, Verve Originals digipack pressing.)
Also available Jazz Giants '58 ... CD 13.99

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Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan & OthersJazz Giants '58 ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
An all-star session put together by Verve in 1958 – one that features a septet of some of the label's biggest giants in jazz at the time! The format here is a bit open-ended – almost like some of the earlier JATP sessions on Verve – with lots of room for personal interaction between the soloists, especially the horn players in the lead! These include Stan Getz on tenor, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, and Harry Edison on trumpet – working alongside Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums. Titles include a beautiful extended "Ballad Medley" – really a great illustration of the freedoms that Verve brought to jazz recording in the 50s – plus the titles"Chocolate Sundae", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Candy". CD
Also available Jazz Giants '58 ... CD 9.99

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Jazz CrusadersJazz Crusaders At The Lighthouse (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Used ... $9.99
The landmark first album to feature the Jazz Crusaders playing live at the Lighthouse in Hermosa Beach – the start of a great run of albums that would go onto help redefine the sound of soul jazz in the 60s! Although the group was already plenty darn great on their studio sides, working at the Lighthouse seemed to allow them to open up even more – work in a slightly longer, more spacious setting than in the studio – with more room for creative solos and a sound that was often more deeply soulful overall! In fact, the Jazz Crusaders association with the club helped turn the sound of the Lighthouse away from the "cool" reputation it got from Lighthouse All-Stars albums of the 50s – and open the place up as the more righteous venue for jazz expression to come from players like Lee Morgan, Grant Green, and Elvin Jones on Blue Note! The lineup here is classic Crusaders – with plenty of searing tenor work from Wilton Felder, slidingly soulful trombone from Wayne Henderson, storming piano by Joe Sample, and tight tight rhythm from Victor Gaskin on bass and Stix Hooper on drums. Tracks include some great originals, like "Congolese Sermon", "Cathy's Dilemma", and "Scandalizing", plus a great version of Jackie McLean's "Appointment in Ghana". CD also features 2 long bonus tracks – "Boopie" and "Penny Blue". CD
(Original 2006 Pacific Jazz/EMI pressing. Spine has a cutout notch.)

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Jazz EpistlesJazz Epistles ... LP
Honey Pie, 1959. New Copy (reissue)... $22.99 29.99
A landmark album in South African jazz – featuring a group that includes early work from Dollar Brand on piano, Hugh Masekela on trumpet, Kippie Moeketsi on alto, and Jonas Gwanga on trombone! The style here is surprisingly close to American hardbop of the 50s – with less of the more specific South African modes that showed up later in the music of Brand, Masekela, and The Blue Notes – and the tracks are all nice and long, with plenty of room for standout solos from every musician. It's great to hear some of these artists work at a level that allows them to compete head to head with the best on Blue Note and Prestige at the time – and titles include "Blues For Hughie", "Vari Oo Voom", "Scullery Dept", "Gafsa", and "Carol's Drive". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Koichi Matsukaze TrioAt The Room 427 ... CD
Alm/BBE (UK), 1975. New Copy Gatefold ... Just Sold Out!
A beautifully bold presentation of the saxophone genius of Koichi Matsukaze – working here in a loose, lean trio setting that offers up a mix of spiritual currents and freer improvisations – very much in the best spirit of the New York scene of the loft jazz years, but much more obscure – given that the album was originally issued on the small indie label Alm in Japan! Matsukaze plays both alto and tenor, and the trio format features some especially wonderful work from Koichi Yamazaki on bass – a player who really keeps the deeper currents of the music strong, and also delivers some fantastic solo work himself! The final member of the trio is drummer Ryojiro Furusawa – who can move between powerful bursts and more subtle moments with effortless ease – as the group make their way through long tracks that include "Acoustic Chicken", "Little Drummer", "Theme Of Seikatsu Kojyo Inaki", and "Lover Man". CD
Also available At The Room 427 ... LP 39.99

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✨✧ Koichi Matsukaze TrioAt The Room 427 ... LP
Alm/BBE (UK), 1975. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... $39.99 48.99
A beautifully bold presentation of the saxophone genius of Koichi Matsukaze – working here in a loose, lean trio setting that offers up a mix of spiritual currents and freer improvisations – very much in the best spirit of the New York scene of the loft jazz years, but much more obscure – given that the album was originally issued on the small indie label Alm in Japan! Matsukaze plays both alto and tenor, and the trio format features some especially wonderful work from Koichi Yamazaki on bass – a player who really keeps the deeper currents of the music strong, and also delivers some fantastic solo work himself! The final member of the trio is drummer Ryojiro Furusawa – who can move between powerful bursts and more subtle moments with effortless ease – as the group make their way through long tracks that include "Acoustic Chicken", "Little Drummer", "Theme Of Seikatsu Kojyo Inaki", and "Lover Man". LP, Vinyl record album
(Beautiful 2LP pressing, with obi!)

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✨✧ Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz EnsembleHard Luck Soul ... CD
Aragorn/Jazzman (UK), Mid 70s. New Copy ... $6.99 16.99
A beautiful lost relic, and a monster batch of long jazzy grooves! The album was recorded in the great tradition of "musicans in prison" albums, like those by The Escorts in the early 70s, and it features an incredibly soulful band made up of jazz musicians in lockdown at the Ohio State Penitentiary during the mid 70s! We don't recognize any of the names on the album, but the players work with a hell of a lot of soul and spirit – on longer tracks that almost have the feel of 70s work by The Pharoahs or Phil Cohran's Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Way better than anything you'd usually get of this nature – and definitely light years beyond any school or army band recording – and much more like a 70s underground spiritual jazz set. All of the material was written and arranged by Logan Rollins, and the tracks have a large group feel, with long drawn out grooves, and plenty of room for nice nice solos – and titles include "Psych City", "Mantra Dance", "Counterry Bosa Davan", and "Java Man". CD

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✨✧ Oscar PetersonJazz Soul Of Oscar Peterson/Affinity ... CD
Verve, 1959. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of the first Oscar Peterson albums to ever feature "soul" in the title – added, no doubt, as a way of keeping up with Ray Bryant and other pianists making their name in the growing soul jazz field at the time! There's a groove here that's a bit harder than usual for Peterson on Verve – a heavier approach to rhythm on the keys, and a more focused trio formation – one that clearly sets a pace for albums to come in the 60s, but which must have been relatively striking to Peterson fans at this point. The trio here features Ray Brown on bass and Ed Thigpen on drums – and tracks are longer than usual, with some really great room to stretch out! Titles include "Liza", "Con Alma", "Close Your Eyes", "Maidens Of Cadiz", and "Woody'n You". Affinity – a beautiful word to describe the Peterson trio on this set – as at the time of the recording, Oscar's piano was perfectly matched with the bass of Ray Brown and the drums of Ed Thigpen! The album's got a simple genius that's hard to describe adequately – especially as the Peterson approach has been copied by so many other players over the years. Suffice it to say that the tunes are a masterpiece of simple, elegant soul – understated but never under-performed – on a set list that includes "Six & Four", "Waltz For Debbie", "Gravy Waltz", "This Could Be The Start Of Something Big", and "Baubles Bangles & Beads". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jimmy PonderWhite Room ... LP
ABC, 1977. Near Mint- ... $6.99 8.99
A sweet little groover from guitarist Jimmy Ponder – a surprisingly satisfying record that features Ponder soloing out over some tight funky backings that almost sound like the best of the larger group sessions on Kudu or Groove Merchant. Jimmy's playing a sweet hollow body that gives him a tone that's a bit like O'Donnel Levy – warm and chromatic, with single notes picked out in a tight progression that has a lot more jazz than you'd expect for the session at the time. One cut does have some vocals from Jimmy, but the rest is instrumental – with tracks that include "So In Love", "Quintessence", "Bro James", and "Easy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a small cutout notch and a lightly bent corner.)

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Paul QuinichetteJazz Studio 1 ... LP
Decca, Mid 50s. Near Mint- ... $11.99
The first and loosest of the Jazz Studio series from the 50s – an quite possibly the most Verve-like too. This set's got a very open-ended jam session feel – with a group that include Paul Quinichette and Frank Foster on tenor, Hank Jones on piano, Benny Green on trombone, Joe Newman on trumpet, Johnny Smith on guitar, and Kenny Clarke on drums – playing two long tracks, one on each side: "Let's Split" and "Tenderly" – taken in long versions that have plenty of room for solo space! LP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing on Jasmine.)

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Raymond ScottRaymond Scott's Drawing Room (10 inch LP) ... LP
Columbia, Early 50s. Very Good+ ... $34.99
Some of the most cartoon-like jazz recordings made by Scott in his career – served up on a tasty early 50s 10" LP! The tunes all have a highly visual appeal – using the horns and rhythms in a mode that recalls Scott's scoring for earlier animated shorts, and which showcases his uncanny sense of arrangement. Titles include "Businessmen's Bounce", "Pretty Little Petticoat", "Boy Scout In Switzerland", "Huckleberry Duck", "Powerhouse", and "The Toy Trumpet". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pink cover variation, with center split on top, light smudge stains & aging.)

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George WallingtonJazz For The Carriage Trade (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Prestige (Japan), 1956. Used ... $9.99
Sublime work from pianist George Wallington – and one of his best albums ever! The set's also one of the few he ever recorded as a leader outside the trio format, and has him working with a very hip quintet that features Phil Woods, Donald Byrd, Teddy Kotick, and Art Taylor – all players that help push the record with a tremendous amount of hardbop and modern jazz energy! Byrd and Woods are at their best youthful prime on the set – and the longish tracks really give both artists room to stretch out and show off their talents! Titles include "Foster Dulles", "Together We Wail", "Our Delight", and "But George". CD
(1985 Japanese mono pressing. Spine has a very shallow cutout mark.)

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WarPlatinum Jazz ... CD
Avenue/Rhino, 1977. Used ... $14.99
Sweet jazzy work from War – a record that has them stretching things out a bit from before, and finding new ways to groove for the second half of the 70s! All the core elements are still firmly in place – that sublime blend of jazz, soul, funk, and Latin elements – but there's a slight shift in the presentation, with maybe just a touch more of the jazz promised in the title – which might have to do with the album's initial placement as a Blue Note Records title! The first half of the record features all new material, showcasing this slight shift in the group's sound – and a mode that's nicely free of any hits – and the second half of the set brings back some key jazzy tracks from earlier records, which fit perfectly into place. Titles include "War Is Coming", "I Got You", "LA Sunshine", "Platinum Jazz", "Slowly We Walk Together", "River Niger", "H2Overture", "City Country City", "Four Cornered Room", and "Deliver The Word". CD
(Out of print.)
Also available Platinum Jazz ... LP 11.99

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WarPlatinum Jazz ... LP
Blue Note, 1977. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... $11.99 14.99
Sweet jazzy work from War – a record that has them stretching things out a bit from before, and finding new ways to groove for the second half of the 70s! All the core elements are still firmly in place – that sublime blend of jazz, soul, funk, and Latin elements – but there's a slight shift in the presentation, with maybe just a touch more of the jazz promised in the title – which might have to do with the album's initial placement as a Blue Note Records title! The first half of the record features all new material, showcasing this slight shift in the group's sound – and a mode that's nicely free of any hits – and the second half of the set brings back some key jazzy tracks from earlier records, which fit perfectly into place. Titles include "War Is Coming", "I Got You", "LA Sunshine", "Platinum Jazz", "Slowly We Walk Together", "River Niger", "H2Overture", "City Country City", "Four Cornered Room", and "Deliver The Word". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes a portion of shrinkwrap with hype sticker.)
Also available Platinum Jazz ... CD 14.99

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Gerald WilsonComplete Pacific Jazz Recordings Of Gerald Wilson & His Orchestra (5CD set) (NO BOOK/BOX) ... CD
Pacific Jazz/Mosaic, 1960s. Used 5 CDs ... $59.99
Wow! A motherlode of West Coast Big Band Soul Jazz! A 5 disc set spanning the entirety of the 60s collecting all of Gerald Wilson's extraordinary recordings for the Pacific Jazz and World Pacific labels: You Better Believe It, Moment Of Truth, Portraits, On Stage, Feelin Kinda Blues, The Golden Sword, Live & Swinging, Everywhere, California Soul and Eternal Equinox. As you can imagine, there's not nearly enough room here to get into all the sidemen and songs, but rest assured, this is one killer box of jazz, put together with the typical Mosaic attention to detail and notes! CD
(Please note that this set does not include the outer box or book, just the 5 CDs in individual jewel cases.)

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Jimmy WitherspoonJimmy Witherspoon At Monterey (Jimmy Witherspoon At The Monterey Jazz Festival) ... LP
Hi Fi, 1959. Very Good+ ... $7.99
Arguably one of the greatest albums ever cut by Jimmy Witherspoon – recorded live at an early Monterey Jazz Festival, and done in a style that shows the strong link between jazz and blues in Jimmy's work! The group on the set includes Ben Webster, Roy Eldridge, Coleman Hawkins, and Woody Herman – and the longish tracks on the set give them all more than enough room to solo alongside Jimmy's bluesy vocals. The album's also one of the first to be produced by a young David Axelrod – and shows a clear respect for both the singer and the musicians, in a combination that would come out even more strongly on Axe's later productions for Capitol. Titles include "No Rollin Blues", "Big Fine Girl", "Good Rockin Tonight", "Ain't Nobody's Business", and "When I Been Drinkin". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original silver label pressing. Vinyl has light sleeve marks. The back cover and labels have demonstration ink stamps. Cover has light surface wear & aging.)

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VariousClassic Black & White Jazz Sessions 1942 to 1949 (11CD set) ... CD
Mosaic, Mid 40s. New Copy 11CDs ... $178.99 179.00
An incredible document of a really crucial label during the postwar years – the important west coast indie, Black & White Records – home to an amazing array of top-shelf jazz, blues, and R&B recordings from the time! The scope of work here is fantastic – 243 tracks in all, much of it material that was only ever issued on 78rpm discs, including some in the 12" format – the longer version of the early single that Black & White often used to present longer versions of jazz recordings, with more room for solos. The focus here is on the jazz side of the label, and much of the material was recorded in LA, but some were done in New York and other cities too – including early production work by jazz giants like Leonard Feather and Norman Granz – which will give you an idea of the top-shelf quality of the sessions. The jazz recordings are a mix of vocal, bop, trad, and swing styles – and the late 40s sides often hit that spot where jazz and blues came together in jumping modes that represented early R&B – which almost makes the whole package an evolution in styles during these crucial 40s years. There's way too much to mention here, as you might guess from an 11CD set – and the package features work by Ivie Anderson, Etta Jones, Charlie Ventura, Wilbert Baranco, Erroll Garner, Joe Marsala, Jack McVea, Nat Jaffee, Red Callender, Phil Moore, Earl Spencer, Tommy Todd, Gerald Wilson, Howard McGhee, Lucky Thompson, Ernestine Anderson, Barney Bigard, the Hip Chicks, Jo Evans, Mushmouth Robinson, and many others – all presented with a very detailed booklet of notes. CD

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VariousDown Beat Jazz Concert ... LP
Dot, 1958. Very Good ... $1.99
An assortment of tracks recorded together under the Downbeat name, but which was really designed to showcase the budding jazz talents on late 50s Dot Records! The set kicks off with a big band, Basie-ish number – "Blues Over Easy", performed by Manny Alban and jazz greats that include Nick Travis, Gene Quill, and Jerome Richardson. Next up is the Tony Scott quintet with Jimmy Knepper – on a version of "Scrapple From The Apple" – followed by 2 tracks by Steve Allen – one trio, one with a quartet with Georgie Auld – "Rose Room" and "The Fast Thing In C". Paul Horn follows up with "Give Me The Simple Life" – and the set's completed by "Dougy's Buggy" performed by the Don Elliott Quintet, with Elliott on trumpet and vibes, plus bass clarinet by Hal McKusick. LP, Vinyl record album
(Stereo pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, mostly split top seam with some aged clear tape, split spine, a small peeled spot and remnants from price sticker removal, and a Stereo sticker.)

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VariousJingle Bell Jazz (plus God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen) ... CD
Columbia, 1962/1981. Used ... $2.99
The best album of Christmas jazz you could ever buy! Why? Well, the record's totally hip – with way more going on than just the usual jazz versions of Christmas carols. But unlike other hip Christmas albums, this one also never loses the feeling of the season – and although the work is a bit more challenging than usual for a holiday album, it also always swings, and in a very festive style! This CD mixes together music from both the original Jingle Bell Jazz album and the classic God Rest Ye Merry Jazzmen album from the 70s – but leaves off some tracks from the former to make room for the latter. Titles include "Deck The Halls" by Herbie Hancock, "Blue Xmas" by Bob Dorough and Miles Davis, "Jingle Bells" by Duke Ellington, "We Three Kings" by Wynton Marsalis, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Paquito D'Rivera, "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" by Dexter Gordon, "White Christmas" by Lionel Hampton, "I'll Be Home For Christmas" by McCoy Tyner, and "Deck Us All With Boston Charlie" by Lambert Hendricks & Ross. CD
(Back cover of booklet has a tiny bit of pen – nothing major.)

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✨✧ Charles MingusJazz History Vol 19 – Charles Mingus (Jazz Experiments Of Charlie Mingus/Modern Jazz Symposium) ... LP
Bethlehem/Polydor (Germany), 1954. Near Mint- 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Two classic 50s albums from Charles Mingus – both recorded for the Bethlehem label, and issued here in an import-only pressing! First up is Jazz Experiments – a pivotal album in the career of Charles Mingus – one that really has him honing his sound, and reaching for that trademark mix of modernism and raw emotion that set a whole generation on fire! The album's a lot more freewheeling than other Mingus material from the time – although still a bit more compact than the Atlantic or Columbia sides – and the group's staffed with key early interpreters of Charles' vision – including John LaPorta on alto, Teo Macero on tenor and baritone, Thad Jones on trumpet, Clem DeRosa on drums, and Jackson Wiley on cello – an instrument that really helps shade in some of the darker corners of the tunes. Titles include great early originals like "Four Hands", "Minor Intrusion", "Thrice Upon A Theme", and "The Spur Of The Moment" – plus his great take on "Stormy Weather", which is a bit stormier than most! Next Is Modern Jazz Symposium – one of our favorite-ever records from Charles Mingus! The album was recorded in the same breath as his legendary works Tijuana Moods, The Clown, and Pithecanthropus Erectus – and it features the same sort of fire and emotion that made those classics so great. The group alone is amazing – with Horace Parlan on piano, Shafi Hadi on alto and tenor, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, and the amazing Clarence (aka Gene) Shaw on trumpet – all getting plenty of room to open up on the album's longer tracks! The work bristles with a sense of imagination and dark energy that Mingus hardly had in his music in later years – and each new tune brings a fresh sense of vision that never fails to astound us! In keeping with the "poetry" title, the album begins with an incredible 12 minute track "Scenes in the City" – which features a long spoken bit written by Langston Hughes about one man's love of jazz and the way that it affects his life in the city – all supported with excellent instrumentation from the group. Other titles are instrumental, and include "Nouroog", "New York Sketchbook", "Slippers", and "Duke's Choice". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Charles MingusModern Jazz Symposium Of Music & Poetry ... CD
Bethlehem/Shout Factory, 1957. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic album – one of our favorite-ever records from Charles Mingus! The album was recorded in the same breath as his legendary works Tijuana Moods, The Clown, and Pithecanthropus Erectus – and it features the same sort of fire and emotion that made those classics so great. The group alone is amazing – with Horace Parlan on piano, Shafi Hadi on alto and tenor, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, and the amazing Clarence (aka Gene) Shaw on trumpet – all getting plenty of room to open up on the album's longer tracks! The work bristles with a sense of imagination and dark energy that Mingus hardly had in his music in later years – and each new tune brings a fresh sense of vision that never fails to astound us! In keeping with the "poetry" title, the album begins with an incredible 12 minute track "Scenes in the City" – which features a long spoken bit written by Langston Hughes about one man's love of jazz and the way that it affects his life in the city – all supported with excellent instrumentation from the group. Other titles are instrumental, and include "Nouroog", "New York Sketchbook", "Slippers", and "Duke's Choice". CD also features 3 bonus tracks – "Woody N You", "Billie's Bounce", and an alternate take of "Slippers". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lionel HamptonJazz In Paris – Lionel Hampton & His French New Sound Vol 2 ... CD
Universal (France), 1955. Used ... Out Of Stock
Paris was always a great city for Lionel Hampton – but it seemed like in the mid 50s, it was also a place where he cut some of his best work, too! The French New Sound pair of albums are both classics in Hamp's book – records that take off from the looser, longer-form style that he'd been hitting with his Verve recordings of the early 50s – yet which also retain some of the tighter, fuller elements of his famous large ensembles. Players on the records are great – a lineup that includes travelling American jazz greats like Benny Bailey and Nat Adderley on trumpets, and a young David Amram on French Horn – plus crack Parisian players who include Sacha Distel on guitar, Rene Urtreger on piano, and Guy Pederson on bass. The tracks are simple jamming numbers – long and open-ended, in the mode of some of Hamp's very popular live work at the time, and the vibes are right out front – hard-edged, with that soulful sound that Hamp pioneered on the instrument – and the other players are given very ample room to solo. Tracks on this second volume include "All The Things You Are", "Night & Day", and "Red Ribbon". CD

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✨✧ Charles MingusModern Jazz Symposium Of Music & Poetry ... LP
Bethlehem, 1957. Very Good+ ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic album – one of our favorite-ever records from Charles Mingus! The album was recorded in the same breath as his legendary works Tijuana Moods, The Clown, and Pithecanthropus Erectus – and it features the same sort of fire and emotion that made those classics so great. The group alone is amazing – with Horace Parlan on piano, Shafi Hadi on alto and tenor, Jimmy Knepper on trombone, and the amazing Clarence (aka Gene) Shaw on trumpet – all getting plenty of room to open up on the album's longer tracks! The work bristles with a sense of imagination and dark energy that Mingus hardly had in his music in later years – and each new tune brings a fresh sense of vision that never fails to astound us! In keeping with the "poetry" title, the album begins with an incredible 12 minute track "Scenes in the City" – which features a long spoken bit written by Langston Hughes about one man's love of jazz and the way that it affects his life in the city – all supported with excellent instrumentation from the group. Other titles are instrumental, and include "Nouroog", "New York Sketchbook", "Slippers", and "Duke's Choice". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s Cayre pressing. Vinyl has a short click on the first track, but the rest is great.)

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✨✧ Wes MontgomeryWes Montgomery Trio (aka A Dynamic New Jazz Sound) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1959. Used ... Out Of Stock
Wes Montgomery's first album as a leader – a relatively obscure set that has him playing in a trio with Indianapolis bandmates Mel Rhyne on organ and Paul Parker on drums – a mode that strongly recalls Montgomery's roots in the Indy scene at the time! If you only know the later, famous Wes Montgomery with bigger charts, you'll be surprised to hear him here in a cooking little combo – the kind of group that made Mel Rhyne a local Hammond hero in Indy, although it seemed to take decades for him to get any sort of larger recognition. The groove is straight and simple, but the real charm is Wes' chromatic lines on guitar – already quite distinctive among his contemporaries, and allowed ample room to express their voice in this setting. Titles include "Ecorah", "Missile Blues", "Too Late Now", "Jingles", and "Whisper Not". CD features 2 bonus tracks! CD

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✨✧ Planet JazzLive At Smalls ... CD
Smalls Live, 2009. Used ... Out Of Stock
A great New York group – and one that features the heavy frontline talents of Joe Magnarelli on trumpet, Jerry Weldon on tenor, and Peter Bernstein on guitar – plus razor-sharp rhythms from Spike Wilner on piano, Neal Miner on bass, and Joe Strasser on drums! As you'd guess from the players involved, there's a great sort of swing to the lineup – a rock-solid, soulfully-grooving approach to the music that gets going right from the start – and really takes off with the album's extended tracks, which offer up plenty of room for solo explorations. The album easily matches some of the best albums on Criss Cross by some of the group members – and features titles that include "Contemplations", "Bilbao", "Righty O", "A Foolish Lament", and "Simple As That". CD

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✨✧ George WallingtonJazz For The Carriage Trade ... LP
Prestige, 1956. Near Mint- ... Out Of Stock
Sublime work from pianist George Wallington – and one of his best albums ever! The set's also one of the few he ever recorded as a leader outside the trio format, and has him working with a very hip quintet that features Phil Woods, Donald Byrd, Teddy Kotick, and Art Taylor – all players that help push the record with a tremendous amount of hardbop and modern jazz energy! Byrd and Woods are at their best youthful prime on the set – and the longish tracks really give both artists room to stretch out and show off their talents! Titles include "Foster Dulles", "Together We Wail", "Our Delight", and "But George". LP, Vinyl record album
(80s OJC pressing. Cover has lightly bent corners and some marks and remnants from price sticker removal in front.)
Also available Jazz For The Carriage Trade (Japanese pressing) ... CD 9.99

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✨✧ Don Patterson & Booker ErvinLegends Of Acid Jazz – Exciting New Organ Of Don Patterson – plus bonus tracks ... CD
Prestige, 1964. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tasty set of extended organ/tenor grooves – one full album, plus bonus tracks! The core album here is The Exciting New Organ Of Don Patterson – a well-titled session, given the strong early groove of organist Don! At a time when some of his contemporaries were tightening things up on the Hammond, going for shorter tunes aimed at the jukebox and radio crowd, Don Patterson was a great reminder that the organ was best used on longer jamming tracks – tunes that stretched out nicely with a style that was heard best in the clubs, where an organ player could really do his thing. Patterson's trio here is quite stripped down – just drums from Billy James, and tenor from Booker Ervin – another player who always knows what to do with plenty of space! Titles include versions of "The Good Life", "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", and "Oleo", plus two Patterson originals – "Up In Betty's Room" and "S'Bout Time". Added to these tracks are 2 more – the 16 minute "Hip Cake Walk", which features alto from Leonard Houston too, plus "Love Me With All Your Heart". CD

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✨✧ Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan & OthersJazz Giants '58 (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Phoenix (Spain), 1957. Used ... Out Of Stock
An all-star session put together by Verve in 1958 – one that features a septet of some of the label's biggest giants in jazz at the time! The format here is a bit open-ended – almost like some of the earlier JATP sessions on Verve – with lots of room for personal interaction between the soloists, especially the horn players in the lead! These include Stan Getz on tenor, Gerry Mulligan on baritone sax, and Harry Edison on trumpet – working alongside Oscar Peterson on piano, Herb Ellis on guitar, Ray Brown on bass, and Louis Bellson on drums. Titles include a beautiful extended "Ballad Medley" – really a great illustration of the freedoms that Verve brought to jazz recording in the 50s – plus the titles"Chocolate Sundae", "When Your Lover Has Gone", and "Candy". CD reissue adds two long tracks – "Ballad Medley" and "Blues For The Count" – featuring Getz and Edision on a session from 1953. CD

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Cannonball AdderleyJulian Cannonball Adderley ... LP
EmArcy, Mid 50s. Very Good ... $14.99
Very early work from Cannonball Adderley – recorded way before the funky years, when he was a hard-wailing soulful soloist with a lot of bop in his style! Cannon's paired here with brother Nat, a good companion even at this early stage – and the two of them solo in front of a large group that features Jerome Richardson, Max Roach, Cecil Payne, and Jimmy Cleveland, all blowing away in hard heavy form, similar to that used on other Mercury/Emarcy jazz sessions from the time. Quincy Jones handled the arrangements, and Cannonball holds his own nicely – and serves up a whole new tone that's a lot more measured than in later years. Tracks include "Fallen Feathers", "Song Is You", "Willows", and "Everglade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono Mercury pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a mark that clicks on "Rose Room" and "Fallen Feathers". Cover has some wear and aging, half split top seam, some light stains, and small peeled spots.)
Also available Julian Cannonball Adderley ... CD 9.99

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Mose AllisonMose Allison Sings (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Prestige, Late 50s. Used ... $5.99
A hipster vocal jazz classic – a full length Prestige album that brings together all of Mose Allison's vocal numbers from his initial run a the label! Mose started out as a pianist, but quickly won even greater attention with his down home, New Orleans-influenced way of singing – a mode that would be copped by many other singers in both rock and soul for years to come – but which still sounds best, here at the source! The recordings feature Mose on piano alongside his vocals – with only bass and drum accompaniment on all numbers – and titles include the mod classics "Parchman Farm" and "Seventh Son", plus "I've Got A Right To Cry", "Young Man's Blues", "Eyesight To The Blind", "If You Live", "One Room Country Shack", and "That's Alright". CD also features 3 bonus tracks, all instrumental – "Blueberry Hill", "Trouble In Mind", and "Creek Bank". CD
(Punch through barcode.)

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Mose Allison TrioBack Country Suite ... LP
Prestige, 1957. Very Good+ ... $48.99
A rare early Mose Allison album – a mostly-instrumental outing that focuses on Allison's wonderful talents on the piano – already honed by this time through participation in a number of key sessions with other leaders! Side one of the album features the beautiful "Back Country Suite" – an extended piece of shorter numbers, composed by Allison with a wonderfully evocative feel. The depth of the work is wonderful, and shows that even at an early point, Allison was forging a unique voice in jazz that went far beyond simple work on piano as an accompanist. Other players on the set include bassist Taylor La Fargue and drummer Frank Isola – and side two features the tunes "Blueberry Hill", "I Thought About You", "In Salah", and "One Room Country Shack". LP, Vinyl record album
(Yellow and black label NJ pressing with deep groove and RVG stamp – vinyl and cover are nice!)

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Herb Alpert & The Tijuana BrassSRO ... CD
A&M/Shout Factory, 1966. Used ... $8.99
A standing room ovation in the A&M Studios – certainly the kind of reception we'd imagine Herb would get during these glory years of his career! The set's one of the most no-nonsense Tijuana Brass sessions of the 60s – a tightly crafted album that has a bit more jazz than usual sneaking in on some of the tunes, but still enough of that snapping, punchy rhythmic approach that makes Herb and the group so great! As usual, the fluidity here is the strongest point – as the A&M touch takes a sound that should be hokey, and flips it into something really really groovy through warm use of compression in the studio. Titles include "Blue Sunday", "Bean Bag", "Work Song", "Our Day Will Come", "Mexican Road Race", and "Freight Train Joe". CD
(Out of print signature series edition, sealed with marker over the barcode.)

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Gene AmmonsNothin' But Soul (Up Front) ... LP
Winley/Up Front, Early 60s/Early 70s. Very Good+ ... $1.99
Very nice record, and one of the rarer sides by Gene Ammons. We can't remember the exact story behind this, but we know that the material was recorded by Jug during the early 60's, when he was violating his contractual agreements with a number of labels, and recording sessions for just about everybody. Paul Winley caught him then, and put him in the studio with Howard McGhee and guitarist Jake Fisher, for this cool laidback soul jazz session that's probably one of Jug's most open-ended from the time. The tracks are all long, with a lot of room for solo space, and a round mellow tone. Winley has his name on all of the writing credits, which is probably false (the lying bastard!), and titles include "Housewarmin", "Nothin' But Soul", and "Jug & McGhee". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has minimal wear and aging.)

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Gene Ammons & Sonny Stitt with Jack McDuffSoul Summit – Vols 1 & 2 ... CD
Prestige (Germany), 1962. Used ... $11.99
The brain trust of soul jazz in the early 60s – led by tenorist Gene Ammons on both albums! Soul Summit Volume one features Ammons and Sonny Stitt on tenor, plus Jack McDuff on Hammond – a definite soul summit for the time – with 3 top-shelf players in the lead, all getting plenty of room to do their thing! Both Gene Ammons and Sonny Stitt are on tenor in the front, working with the respect and confidence they'd forged together on other co-led sessions from the time – and Jack McDuff's a great addition to the set, playing Hammond with his newly-lean tone, and really helping things move along nicely. Drummer Charlie Persip has a nicely booming style here – one that gets the group out of the box from the get-go, and McDuff's handling all the bass work on the organ, which always makes for a tight rhythmic romp! Most tunes are in that great raw Prestige mode from the old days, as you'd guess by titles like "Tubby", "Dumplin", and "Shuffle Twist" – alongside other numbers that include "Sleeping Susan" and "Out In The Cold Again". Soul Summit Vol 2 is a set that's less a "summit" than a great collection of groovy work for Prestige Records in the 60s – tracks that didn't make it onto other full albums of the time, but which feature material by some of the most soulful talents on the label! Tenorist Gene Ammons is the main star here – stretching out wonderfully on most numbers on the record – although the set also features added tenor work from Red Holloway, George Barrow, and Harold Vick! The mighty Jack McDuff lends his Hammond to a few tunes, Etta Jones sings on three numbers, and the record even features trumpet from Clark Terry, alto from Oliver Nelson, and congas from Ray Barretto too – on cuts that include "Scram", "Cool Cool Daddy", "Ballad For Baby", "If You Are But A Dream", "But Not For Me", and "Love I've Found You". CD
(Out of print.)

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Chet BakerDeep In A Dream – The Ultimate Chet Baker Collection ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1950s. Used ... $2.99
Includes the songs "My Funny Valentine","Aren't You Glad You're You?", "This Time The Dream's On Me", "The Thrill Is Gone", "Blue Room", "Spring Is Here", "The Wind", "Let's Get Lost", "You Don't Know What Love Is", "Summer Sketch", "Halema", and more. CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)

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Sathima Bea BenjaminLove Light (Enja) ... LP
Enja, 1988. Near Mint- ... $9.99 11.99
Always-great work from Sathima Bea Benjamin – one of the hippest jazz vocalists of the 80s, working here in a highly spiritual mode that sounds a lot more like records from many years past! There's a warmly gentle glow to the whole set – thanks to instrumentation from Larry Willis on piano, Buster Williams on bass, Billy Higgins on percussion, and Ricky Ford on tenor sax – all coming together in ways that are filled with unusual rhythms, odd turns of phrases, and just the right sort of unconventional accompaniment to fit the Africanist themes of Sathima's music at its best. A few numbers are more traditional, but even these have a nicely sensitive feel – and offer plenty of room for Willis to solo. Titles include "Winne Mandela Beloved Heroine", "African Songbird", "Gift Of Love – For Duke", "Music", and "You Are My Heart's Delight". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Benny Carter with Oscar PetersonBenny Carter Meets Oscar Peterson ... CD
Pablo/OJC, 1986. Used ... $5.99
Benny Carter meets Oscar Peterson – two older giants from the Verve jazz scene of the 50s, recording here in loose quintet format three decades later! The album's got a format that's similar to some of the easy-flowing Verve dates from years back – no surprise, given that Norman Granz produced the set – and there's plenty of room for Carter's amazing tone on the alto to stretch out over mellow rhythms from Joe Pass on guitar, Dave Young on bass, and Martin Drew on drums. Titles include "Sweet Lorraine", "Just Friends", "Whispering", "Some Kind Of Blues", and "Baubles Bangles & Beads". CD
(Out of print.)

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CircleParis Concert ... LP
ECM, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $14.99 19.99
An essential 2LP set that's just about the only vinyl release you can find that documents the work of the legendary (and short-lived) Circle group – an important avant jazz combo that featured Anthony Braxton, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, and Barry Altschul. The record captures a Parisian concert from 1971, and the band runs through a great reading of Wayne Shorter's "Nefertitti", plus original material like "Duet", "Toy Room – Q&A", "Song For The Newborn", and "Lookout Farm". LP, Vinyl record album
(US pressing. Vinyl has a press flaw that makes a short click during "Toy Room", but the rest is great! Cover has light wear.)

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Cozy Cole/Earl HinesCozy's Caravan ... LP
Felsted, 1958. Very Good ... $14.99
Hard to find record on Felsted featuring split sides – one by Cozy Cole's septet with Phatz Morris, Lou Jones, and Boe McCain; and one by Earl Hines quartet with the great Curtis Lowe on tenor. This is post-swing jazz at its best, with lots of room for solos, and hard playing throughout. Tracks include "Brussels' Hustle", "Phatz's Blues", and "Ooooh!". LP, Vinyl record album
(Purple label pressing – a nice clean copy – and cover is great.)

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✨✧ Earl ColemanEarl Coleman Returns ... CD
Prestige, 1956. Used ... $4.99
Possibly the strongest album ever recorded by mellow-voiced jazz vocalist Earl Coleman – a singer with a deeper style that's very much in the classic Billy Eckstine mode, but which swings a bit more freely in a small combo! The set's got a nicely open style – with longer tracks than usual for a jazz vocal date, and lots of room for jazz soloists that include Art Farmer on trumpet, Gigi Gryce on alto, and Hank Jones on piano. The backing is in a great small group mode, and in a way, the album's almost unique for the time – and really predates a lot of later male vocal sides of this nature – offering Coleman more of a fresh start than just a standard "return" – and really paving the way for Johnny Hartman sides in the 60s. Titles include "Say It Isn't So", "Reminiscing", "Come Rain Or Come Shine", "No Love No Nothin", and a great version of "Social Call". CD features 4 bonus tracks that include "My Last Affair", "This Is Always", "I Haven't Changed A Thing", and "A Ghost Of A Chance". CD

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✨✧ Ornette ColemanEmpty Foxhole ... CD
Blue Note, 1966. Used ... Just Sold Out!
One of our favorite Ornette Coleman albums of the post-Atlantic 60s years – a set that still hangs onto some of the bold rhythmic conception of his previous records, but also points the way towards his freer jazz modes to come! The group's a trio – with really tremendous work from Charlie Haden on bass, able to match Coleman's energy with effortless ease, and really getting a lot of room to leave his mark on the music – plus the very young (10!) Denardo Coleman, who plays drums here with this stark, simple style that's not only completely unique, but which also leaves a lot of open room left for Haden and Ornette to really stretch out. Ornette plays his usual alto, plus trumpet and violin – and titles include "Good Old Days", "The Empty Foxhole", "Zig Zag", and "Freeway Express". CD
(1994 pressing.)
Also available Empty Foxhole ... LP 19.99

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Ornette ColemanEmpty Foxhole ... LP
Blue Note, 1966. Sealed ... $19.99
One of our favorite Ornette Coleman albums of the post-Atlantic 60s years – a set that still hangs onto some of the bold rhythmic conception of his previous records, but also points the way towards his freer jazz modes to come! The group's a trio – with really tremendous work from Charlie Haden on bass, able to match Coleman's energy with effortless ease, and really getting a lot of room to leave his mark on the music – plus the very young (10!) Denardo Coleman, who plays drums here with this stark, simple style that's not only completely unique, but which also leaves a lot of open room left for Haden and Ornette to really stretch out. Ornette plays his usual alto, plus trumpet and violin – and titles include "Good Old Days", "The Empty Foxhole", "Zig Zag", and "Freeway Express". LP, Vinyl record album
(Still sealed recent Canadian reissue on Endless Happiness.)

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Ornette ColemanRound Trip – The Complete Ornette Coleman On Blue Note (At The Golden Circle/Empty Foxhole/New York Is Now/Love Call/New & Old Gospel) (6LP set – 180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, Late 60s. New Copy 6LP ... $225.99 229.98
A tremendous package of work from Ornette Coleman – five albums issued under his own name, and one collaboration with Jackie McLean too! First up are At The Golden Circle Vols 1 & 2 – important second chapter work from Ornette Coleman – a record that marked a real shift in his sound from the Atlantic Records years – issued by Blue Note at a level that gave the rest of the world a chance to see what Ornette had been cooking up on the underground scene! The album was recorded in Stockholm – in the tradition of European live performances that saw Coleman grow so strongly in the mid 60s – and the tracks are long, free, and full of improvised moments – with Ornette adding in trumpet and violin next to his familiar alto – in a trio with David Izenzon on bass and Charles Moffett on drums – both fantastic players who can be loose at the right moments, and bring things back at others. Tracks are long and unbridled – with less of the rhythmic changes that you'd hear in work by the classic quartet, and more of a full-on fierce soloing mode. Titles include "Snowflakes & Sunshine", "Morning Song", "Faces & Places", "Dee Dee", "Dawn", "The Riddle", and "Antiques". Next is Empty Foxhole – one of our favorite Ornette Coleman albums of the post-Atlantic 60s years – a set that still hangs onto some of the bold rhythmic conception of his previous records, but also points the way towards his freer jazz modes to come! The group's a trio – with really tremendous work from Charlie Haden on bass, able to match Coleman's energy with effortless ease, and really getting a lot of room to leave his mark on the music – plus the very young (10!) Denardo Coleman, who plays drums here with this stark, simple style that's not only completely unique, but which also leaves a lot of open room left for Haden and Ornette to really stretch out. Ornette plays his usual alto, plus trumpet and violin – and titles include "Good Old Days", "The Empty Foxhole", "Zig Zag", and "Freeway Express". Next is New York Is Now – a pretty bold statement from saxophonist Ornette Coleman, but one that definitely shows his shift in role – from a major force on the LA underground of the early 60s, to an artist who was helping pave the way for a huge wave of growth on the New York downtown scene in years to come! Ornette's at his most late 60s unbridled here – freer than before, and working with a lineup that includes Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – still no piano at all – plus great work from Dewey Redman on tenor, who really burst into new prominence with this album. Ornette plays a bit of violin alongside alto sax – and tracks include "Toy Dance", "Round Trip", "Broad Way Blues", and "We Now Interrupt For A Commercial". Then comes Love Call – a really great late 60s session from Ornette Coleman – one that shows is increasing expansion in sounds and styles, and which also offers a bridge between avant jazz generations too! That bridge comes in the presence of Jimmy Garrison on bass and Elvin Jones on drums – a surprising Coltrane rhythm duo, working here with Ornette's mindblowing work on alto sax, and tenor from a young Dewey Redman – already a crucially intense player here next to Coleman, as both are set free in a group without any piano – that Ornette melding of rhythm and melody, but with a very different vibe than the Atlantic years! Coleman blows trumpet on one tune – and titles include "Love Call", "Airborne", "Check Out Time", and "Open To The Public". The set also includes the album New & Old Gospel – one of Jackie McLean's last "new thing" albums for Blue Note – and a very unique record that features Ornette Coleman on trumpet! The sound here is stark and hard – slight hints of the soulfulness that the "gospel" in the title might imply, mixed with the angular exploratory sound that McLean had been forging at Blue Note during the mid 60s – a wonderful balance that really gives the record a lot of bite! The album's easily one of the most "out" that McLean ever recorded, and the group also includes Lamont Johnson on piano, Scott Holt on bass, and Billy Higgins on drums – all pushing themselves in the company of the avant jazz giants. Tracks include the extended "Lifeline" suite, which takes up all of side one – plus "Old Gospel" and "Strange As It Seems". LP, Vinyl record album
(Fantastic Tone Poet package – a slipcover featuring 6 albums all done in the heavy vinyl/cover of the series – plus a booklet of notes too!)

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ColosseumColosseum Live ... LP
Warner, 1971. Very Good+ 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
Maybe the best album ever from this seminal British jazz rock combo – a record that really has the group stretching out in the expanded space of a concert setting! Colosseum were already one of the best groups to mix jazzy currents and heavy rock modes – but they really set a fire with this brilliant live album – which really gave the group plenty of room to show off their instrumental chops! Immediate Records star Chris Farlowe is on vocals – but the real charm of their sound comes from the tenor and soprano sax work of Dick Heckstall Smith, the Hammond and vibes of Dave Greenslade, and the heavy drums of Jon Hiseman – who really keeps things in the pockage, and provided more than a few funky passages on the album. Titles include "Lost Angeles", "Rope Ladder to The Moon", "Walking In The Park", and a version of Michael Gibbs' "Tanglewood 63". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label stereo pressing. Cover has a cut corner and light wear.)

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✨✧ Chick CoreaSong Of Singing ... LP
Blue Note, 1970. Very Good+ ... Just Sold Out!
A key album in Chick Corea's shift from Latin jazz to arch-modern – recorded with Circle bandmates Dave Holland on bass and Barry Altschul on drums, and done with a free sound that's quite unusual for Blue Note at the time! Chick's out on this one – way out – in that free mode of his first great rise to fame, without any of the silly Scientology of later years – and Holland and Altschul are in some of their greatest form ever, working with Chick to craft a starkly compelling album of tunes that showed that jazz piano still had a lot of room to grow at the start of the 70s! Titles include "Toy Room", "Ballad I", "Flesh", "Rhymes", and "Nefertitti". LP, Vinyl record album
(Liberty/UA pressing. Cover has light wear.)

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DEK Trio (Ken Vandermark/Elisabeth Harnik/Didi Kern)Burning Below Zero ... CD
Trost (Austria), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
The first we've heard of this new trio project from reedman Ken Vandermark – a lineup that features Elisabeth Harnik on piano and Didi Kern on drums – all working with a sound that's a very nice change from some of Ken's other project! The mode is free jazz, but the style is maybe a bit more open, almost ragged around the edges – with a lot of sonic space around the individual instruments, which come together here with as much sense of the room as each other – maybe because Kern and Harnik are bold but spare on their instruments, which seems to open up all these interesting new ways of phrasing from Vandermark! The album was recorded in performance at the Raj in Austria – and titles include "Raj One", "Raj Two", and "Raj Three". CD

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Elastic BandExpansions On Life (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Decca/Big Pink (South Korea), 1969. New Copy ... $18.99 23.99
An underground British classic that's every bit as dark as you'd expect from its cover – served up by a group that features a young Andy Scott on guitar, in the years before he ended up in The Sweet – already playing with a hell of an edge that brings plenty of fire to the proceedings! Like the best groups of this magical moment, Expansions Of Life have clear influences, but a sound that's never slavish to them – really marking their own territory through the mad vocals of Ted Yeadon, who also plays organ, piano, flute, and harmonica on the record – the last of which is maybe a slight nod to the group's blues inspirations – although, as you can see from the cover, these guys aren't a blues rock band at all! Instead, they're really set free in the heady new territory of the time – sounding great on titles that include "Mother Goose", "Last Person In The Bar", "Crabtree Farm", "That's Life", "Sad Jazz", and "Room Full Of Room". CD

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Herb Ellis & Joe PassSeven Come Eleven (SACD pressing) ... CD
Concord, 1973. Used ... $29.99
The Concord label gave guitarist Herb Ellis some of his greatest moments of the 70s – like this early cooker with guitarist Joe Pass – recorded live at the Concord Jazz Festival that gave the label its name! The 1973 performance has both players really opening up – never overwhelming each other, but driving with energy right from the start, then spacing out their own territory strongly on the solos. Backing is from bassist Ray Brown and drummer Jake Hanna – but the record leaves lots of room for guitar throughout – with tones and moments from both players that are a real surprise. Titles include "Seven Come Eleven", "Prelude To A Kiss", "Perdido", "Easy Living", and "Concord Blues". CD
(2003 hybrid SACD/DSD pressing – works on regular CD players too!)

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Art FarmerSomething You Got ... LP
CTI, 1977. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $11.99 13.99
A sweet funky album from Art Farmer– an artist we don't normally associate with 70s funk, but who does a really great job on this CTI session! Art's working here in the frontline with Yusef Lateef on reeds – another unlikely candidate for a record like this – and the pair get some strong backing from the band of Dave Matthews, who manages to provide just the right blend of tight arrangements and jazz funk, so that each player gets plenty of room to soar, but the whole album sticks in a nice smooth groove on the rhythms! Includes a soaring version of Chick Corea's "Spain", a slow funk take on Chris Kenner's "Something You Got", and the cuts "Flute Song", "Hombre Del Sol", "Sauhade", and "Sandu". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cutout notch , but is in great shape otherwise.)

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Von FreemanGreat Divide ... CD
Koch/Premonition, 2004. Used ... $5.99
A rich laidback set from one of Chicago's resident legends – tenor Von Freeman! Freeman was in his early 80s by the time this set was recorded, and his warm tone sounds as good to our ears as it did on recordings from decades ago. Von really lets loose in spots, too, such as on the fiery "Never Fear Jazz Is Here". Supporting players Jimmy Cobb (drums), John Webber (bass), and especially pianist Richard Wyands are given plenty of room to shine. Tracks include "Be My Love", "Never Fear Jazz Is Here", "This Is Always", "Chant Time", "Blue Pres", "Disorder At The Border", "Hard Hittin'", "Violets For Your Furs" and more. CD
(BMG music club pressing.)

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Gerardo FrisinaIntenso/Saeta '03 ... 12-inch
Schema (Italy), 2003. Near Mint- (pic cover)... $9.99
Latin jazz jammers – both of them excellent! Gerardo Frisina is, in our book, the number 2 man at Schema (next to Nicola Conte) for coming up with classic-styled jazzy grooves – and both of these numbers support our case! "Intenso" is incredible – a modal tune that skips along at a nice little clip, finding room for solo work on trumpet and vibes, while still snapping bongo and conga percussion bits into the mix! "Saeta 03" starts with a killer piano riff – building with the bass and percussion as the tune moves on, and hitting some wonderfully jazzy solo moments! Both tracks tremendous – Bari club jazz at its best! 12-inch, Vinyl record

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Stan GetzAward Winner ... CD
Verve (Japan), 1957. New Copy ... $13.99
A great little follow-up to the classic West Coast Jazz album recorded by Stan Getz – and like that one, a set to feature some great rhythm accompaniment from the trio of Lou Levy on piano, Stan Levey on drums, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass! The tracks are nice and open – with plenty of room for Stan to roam around – and although you might expect a tightly-arranged kind of sound from the west coast setting, the album's actually surprisingly more relaxed – a fair bit like some of the more open-ended jazz that Shelly Manne started to record on his own at the start of the 60s. Titles include "Where Or When", "Smiles", "This Can't Be Love", and "Woody 'n You". CD
Also available Award Winner ... LP 4.99

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Stan GetzAward Winner ... LP
Verve, 1957. Very Good- ... $4.99
A great little follow-up to the classic West Coast Jazz album recorded by Stan Getz – and like that one, a set to feature some great rhythm accompaniment from the trio of Lou Levy on piano, Stan Levey on drums, and Leroy Vinnegar on bass! The tracks are nice and open – with plenty of room for Stan to roam around – and although you might expect a tightly-arranged kind of sound from the west coast setting, the album's actually surprisingly more relaxed – a fair bit like some of the more open-ended jazz that Shelly Manne started to record on his own at the start of the 60s. Titles include "Where Or When", "Smiles", "This Can't Be Love", and "Woody 'n You". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono MGM pressing. Cover has a cutout hole, split seams held with masking tape, half split spine, light stain and waviness at the right side, with small peeled spots, and some pen in back.)
Also available Award Winner ... CD 13.99

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Greyboy AllstarsTown Called Earth (180 gram swirl vinyl pressing – with poster) ... LP
Knowledge Room, 1997. New Copy 2LP ... $48.99 51.99
West coast DJ Greyboy first rose to fame for mixing hip hop beats and funky jazz, as part of a great new style of funk in the early 90s – but as the decade moved on, he also had plenty to do with live music too – as you'll hear in this classic from his much-loved Allstars group! The lineup features key contributions from Robert Walter on keyboards and Karl Denson on saxes – both players who upped the live instrumental component on the American funk scene at the time, and helped pave the way for the generations of Desco and Daptone to come. And while the vibe here is different than that of those other labels, the style is still equally important to the scene – on titles that include "Turnip's Big Move", "The Many Moods Of Erik Newson", "Sportscaster", "Toys R Us", "Turnip's Big Move", and "Planet Of The Superkids". LP, Vinyl record album
(25th Anniversary and first-ever vinyl pressing! 2 X 180 gram "Earth Swirl" colored vinyl – with 18X24 poster and liner notes by Fred Wesley!)

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Johnny GriffinBig Soul Band (with bonus track) ... CD
Riverside/OJC, 1960. Used ... $7.99
A sweet little album from Johnny – quite different than most of his other sessions at the time, as this one features a big band – a "Big Soul Band", as the title says – filled with some strong Chicago and soul jazz players, and featuring killer arrangements by the great Norman Simmons! Simmons' was just bubbling up at the time – and he had a sock soul jazz sound that was part of his time on the Chicago scene, and which, unfortunately, rarely achieved as strong of recorded expression as it did on this album. Griffin's a heck of a great player, even at this age, and the strength of his horn sits nicely in the front of a great ensemble that also includes Pat Patrick, Matthew Gee, Julian Priester, Frank Strozier, Bobby Timmons, Harold Mabern, Vic Sproles, and Charlie Persip. Titles include a number of Simmons originals – like "Meditation", "Panic Room Blues", and "Holla" – plus a great reading of Timmons' "So Tired", and traditionals like "Deep River", "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" and "Wade In The Water" and Junior Mance's "Jubilation". Inclues the bonus track "Wade In The Water (alternate take)". CD
(OJC pressing.)

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Johnny GriffinWade In The Water (aka Big Soul Band) ... LP
Riverside, 1960. Very Good+ ... $7.99
A sweet little album from Johnny – quite different than most of his other sessions at the time, as this one features a big band – a "Big Soul Band", as the title says – filled with some strong Chicago and soul jazz players, and featuring killer arrangements by the great Norman Simmons! Simmons' was just bubbling up at the time – and he had a sock soul jazz sound that was part of his time on the Chicago scene, and which, unfortunately, rarely achieved as strong of recorded expression as it did on this album. Griffin's a heck of a great player, even at this age, and the strength of his horn sits nicely in the front of a great ensemble that also includes Pat Patrick, Matthew Gee, Julian Priester, Frank Strozier, Bobby Timmons, Harold Mabern, Vic Sproles, and Charlie Persip. Titles include a number of Simmons originals – like "Meditation", "Panic Room Blues" and "Holla" – plus a great reading of Timmons' "So Tired", and traditionals like "Deep River", "Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen" and "Wade In The Water" and Junior Mance's "Jubilation". LP, Vinyl record album
(Teal label stereo Orpheum pressing. Cover has light wear, some aging, and a name in pen in back.)

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Coleman Hawkins & Bud PowellHawk In Germany (aka Essen Festival All Stars) ... LP
Black Lion, 1960. Near Mint- ... $14.99
A great recording from the 1960 Essen Jazz Festival in Germany – one that has bassist Oscar Pettiford playing with Bud Powell and drummer Kenny Clarke (all of whom were living abroad at the time), and being joined by Coleman Hawkins on a few tracks. On the trio sides, although Powell's strong piano is out front, Pettiford still gets a lot of room to solo in warm round swells. The Hawk sides are our favorites, though, because we love the great tenor player at this point in his career, when he was playing in a way that was deceptively easy, but which was filled with all of these incredible surprises. The tracks on this LP are no exception, and the Hawk flies high high high on "All The Things You Are", "Yesterdays", and "Stuffy". LP, Vinyl record album
(70s Audiofidelity pressing. Cover has light wear and a cut corner.)

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Richard Groove HolmesAfter Hours ... CD
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Used ... $3.99
An obscure early one from Groove Holmes! Despite the title, this one's actually a nice batch of pretty groovy tracks – played by Groove with two different trios, both of which give him plenty of room to stretch out, and prove that he always worked best in smaller ensembles! Lots of nice originals on the session – including "Groove Bird", "Do It My Way", "Minor Surgery", and "Sweatin". CD
(Out of print. Case and traycard have a cutout notch.)

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Charlie Hunter TrioBing Bing Bing (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Blue Note, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)... $36.99 39.99
The Blue Note debut of guitarist Charlie Hunter – a set that introduced Hunter's talents on the strings to a much larger audience at the time – and one that also really helped Blue Note get back into the business of funky jazz! The approach is nice and lean – a core trio with Dave Ellis on tenor and Jay Lane on drums – and at times, Hunter has a way of handling his guitar almost like an organ, which is a testament to his fresh approach to the instrument – a quality that continues even when a few moments feature some guest trombone or clarinet. Titles include a famous cover of "Come As You Are", plus the tracks "Bullethead", "Scrabbling For Purchase", "Fistful Of Haggis", "Greasy Granny", and "Elbo Room". LP, Vinyl record album
(Part of the Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series!)

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IncognitoTransatlantic RPM ... CD
Shanachie, 2010. Used ... $6.99
Hard to believe it's the 30th Anniversary for Incognito – but Bluey's been at it for that long, and to celebrate, he's having one hell of a party with this record! The album's got way more going on than even a regular Incognito set – even though those are plenty darn great – as Bluey's invited plenty of folks along for the celebration, a range of great singers who really open up the sound, and deepen the core jazzy grooves of the set! In addition to regular vocalists like Joy Rose, Tony Momrelle, and Maysa, the set also features work by Leon Ware, Chaka Khan, John-Christian Urich, Ursula Rucker, Vanessa Haynes, and Mario Biondi – the last of whom really brings a lot to the set, with that cool vocal approach used on his Schema albums. And as usual for Bluey, the sound is way more than just straight soul – with plenty of classic jazz funk elements, and a strong nod to the underground sounds of the British scene who've always fostered his music. Titles include "Line In The Sand", "1975", "Your Sun My Sky", "Put A Little Lovin In Your Heart", "All Of My Life", "Expresso Madureira", "Make Room For Love", "Lowdown", "Tell Me What To Do", and "The Winter Of My Springs". CD
(Case has some edgewear.)

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Milt Jackson & John ColtraneBags & Trane ... LP
Atlantic, 1959. Near Mint- ... $19.99 29.99
An incredible collaboration from John Coltrane and Milt Jackson – and one that gives Milt one of his sharpest records ever! The setting is relatively straight – tenor from Coltrane, vibes from Jackson – plus rhythm from Hank Jones on piano, Paul Chambers on bass, and Connie Kay on drums. Yet there's also a sense of openness here that you'd hardly ever expect on other records by Jackson – especially his contemporaneous sides with the Modern Jazz Quartet – and Coltrane's tenor gets as much room to roam here as it did on Prestige – really cutting some beautifully soulful, open, and flowing lines throughout! Titles include "Bags & Trane", "Three Little Words", "Be-Bop", "Late Late Blues", and "The Night We Called It a Day". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green and red Rockefeller label pressing with PR suffix. Cover has some aging on the back and a tiny split on the bottom seam.)

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Ron JeffersonLove Lifted Me ... LP
Pacific Jazz, 1962. Very Good+ ... $38.99
A tremendous early album from drummer Ron Jefferson – a key player in the LA scene of the early 60s, and an artist who only cut a rare few sides! The album's wonderful for so many reasons – not the least of which is its lineup, which includes a young Bobby Hutcherson on vibes, Frank Strazzeri on piano, Wilbur Brown on tenor, and Tricky Lofton on trombone. As with some of the hippest soul bop sides on Pacific Jazz of the time – like work by Curtis Amy – the tunes range from down-and-dirty soul jazz numbers, to other styles of tunes that show a really expansive conception of jazz. One of the best of the latter is the tremendous 10 minute "For Carl Perkins", written by Leroy Vinnegar for the late LA bop pianist of the same name – and featuring a slow, sad groove that has plenty of room for amazing solo work by Hutcherson. Another great number is "George's Dilemma", written by Richie Powell, and also recorded as "Richie's Dilemma" – and other tracks include "Love Lifted Me", "Little One", and "Ivy League Blues". LP, Vinyl record album
(Black & silver label pressing – in nice shape! Vinyl is great – cover has white tape on the seams, and some light wear on the back.)

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Hank JonesTalented Touch ... CD
Capitol/Universal (Japan), 1958. New Copy ... $13.99
The title certainly gets it right – as the album's an early showcase for the piano of Hank Jones – a talented touch that's already able to rise above most of his contemporaries! The date's a trio outing, and Jones is allowed a bit more freedom than the usual jazz musician on Capitol at the time – with backing from Milt Hinton on bass and Osie Johnson on drums – both players who really match Hank's mixture of lyricism and soul! There's a really careful balance on the record that already hints at Jones' long years in jazz to come – and titles include "The Blue Room", "If I Love Again", "Let Me Know", "Try A Little Tenderness", and "It's Easy To Remember". CD

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✨✧ Karin KrogYou Must Believe In Spring – Songs By Michel Legrand (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Muzak (Japan), 1974. Used ... $29.99
One of our favorite singers and one of our favorite composers – brought together in a dream of a vocal jazz album! We've always loved the tunes that Michel Legrand penned for films of the 60s and 70s – as they've got a depth, sincerity, and jazziness that goes beyond most of his contemporaries – but they've also never sounded better than in the hands of vocalist Karin Krog and arranger Palle Mikkelborg, who both really deliver a unique twist on the Legrand sound! Mikkelborg's arrangements for the set are extremely beautiful – sometimes using funky backings, sometimes softer strings – but always getting the right balance between emotion and grooviness that Legrand brought to his original recordings of the work. And guitarist Philip Catherine plays some nicely complicated lines that electrify the tunes with a weird, moody feel – often "singing" alongside Karin's deeply icy vocals in a really wonderful way. The tracks are all taken at slightly longer readings than you might expect, which makes for even more room for creative invention – and titles include "Watch What Happens", "Ask Yourself Why", "I Will Wait For You", "Once Upon A Summertime", and "What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life". CD
(2005 Japanese pressing with obi!)

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Delvon Lamarr Organ TrioLive At KEXP ... CD
Colemine, 2018. Used ... $7.99
A great combo, in a really great setting – the trio of organist Delvon Lamarr, captured in a sweet live radio performance! The tunes are long and open – very much in the group's killer blend of soul jazz and deep funk – with plenty of room for Delvon to soar out on the keys of the Hammond, and remind us again what a massive younger talent he is on the instrument! If you like the group's funky 45s, you'll find yourself really loving this live set – and the whole thing's only got us eager to keep on following the great growth of this group. Titles include a sweet remake of the Curtis Mayfield tune "Move On Up" – plus "Concussion", "I Don't Want To Play That", "Tacoma Block Party", "South Leo St Stomp", and "Memphis". CD
Also available Live At KEXP ... CD 10.99

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Delvon Lamarr Organ TrioLive At KEXP ... CD
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $10.99 13.98
A great combo, in a really great setting – the trio of organist Delvon Lamarr, captured in a sweet live radio performance! The tunes are long and open – very much in the group's killer blend of soul jazz and deep funk – with plenty of room for Delvon to soar out on the keys of the Hammond, and remind us again what a massive younger talent he is on the instrument! If you like the group's funky 45s, you'll find yourself really loving this live set – and the whole thing's only got us eager to keep on following the great growth of this group. Titles include a sweet remake of the Curtis Mayfield tune "Move On Up" – plus "Concussion", "I Don't Want To Play That", "Tacoma Block Party", "South Leo St Stomp", and "Memphis". CD
Also available Live At KEXP ... CD 7.99

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O'Donel LevyBlack Velvet ... CD
Groove Merchant/Ultra Vybe (Japan), 1971. Used ... $11.99
A stone laidback set from O'Donel Levy – one of the greatest soul jazz guitarists of the 70s, and a player who sounds fresher and fresher to us over the years! This album's a bit more laidback than some of Levy's other sets for Groove Merchant – with larger arrangements that feature Charles Covington on electric piano and organ, Fats Theus on tenor and flute, and Billy Skinner on trumpet – but the approach actually works well, as the slow-moving tracks trip out over a lot of space, giving O'Donel plenty of room to craft his uniquely spacious and chromatic solos. Titles include versions of "Watch What Happens", "Love Story", "Call Me", "You've Made Me So Very Happy", and "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time", plus the originals "Granny" and "Nature's Child", both of which have a nice little groove! CD
(Still sealed, includes obi.)

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Abbey LincolnPeople In Me ... LP
Inner City, 1978. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $9.99 14.99
A great session that was recorded in Tokyo in 1973 – featuring Abbey backed by a small group that includes Dave Liebman on sax and flute, Al Foster on drums, and Hiromasa Suzuki on piano. The record's pretty darn hip – and it's a nice version of Abbey's haunting approach to vocal jazz, touched by some of the new directions vocalists were going at the time, yet firmly rooted in the firm command of voice and emotion heard on Lincoln's best records from the early 60s. Titles include "Africa", "You & Me & Love", "Naturally", "Living Room", and "Natas", which seems to have Abbey singing along with overdubs of her own voice, to very cool effect! LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a cut corner.)

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✨✧ Mallory-Hall Band (Sanifu Al Hall & Charley Mallory)Song Of Soweto ... LP
IRC/Outernational (UK), 1974. Sealed ... $11.99
A song of Soweto, but served up here by a really unique South African group that also features key work by a number of American players too! The sound is mix of the loping rhythms of SA jazz and some of the bolder elements you'd hear in American funk of the period – but all mixed together with a sense of warmth that's really wonderful, and which opens up greatly on the long tracks, with plenty of room for solos by Marshall Royal on alto, Herman Riley on tenor, Rudolph Johnson on soprano, and Billy Brooks on trumpet! You'll recognize Johnson from his albums on the Black Jazz label, and Brooks from his classic Windows Of The Mind jazz funk record – and they play here alongside keyboard work from Kirk Lightsey, under the leadership of guitarist Charles Mallory and trombonist Al Hall. Titles include "The African Night", "Song Of Soweto", "Hamba Samba", and "Moroka Rock". LP, Vinyl record album
(Recent reissue, still sealed!)

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Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 1 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $2.99 4.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this first volume include "Summertime", "Our Delight", "Poinciana", "Blue Daniel", and "Theme From A Gem From Tiffany". CD
(Early 90s OJC pressing.)

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✨✧ Shelly Manne & His MenShelly Manne & His Men At The Blackhawk Vol 5 ... CD
Contemporary/OJC, 1960. Used ... $7.99
Classic hardbop from the west coast – a set of live recordings done at the Black Hawk jazz club in San Francisco at the end of the 50s, featuring Shelly Manne at the head of a group that includes the great Joe Gordon on trumpet! Tracks are longer, livelier, and have a lot more solo room and spontaneity than Manne's usual albums from the time – and the rest of the group include Richie Kamuca on tenor sax, Victor Feldman on piano, and Monty Budwig on bass. Tracks on this fifth volume include "Pullin Strings", "Eclipse Of Spain", "Wonder Why", "This Is Always", and "How Deep Are The Roots". CD
(Early 90s OJC pressing, cutout notch on spine.)

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Denman Maroney/Scott Walton/Denis FournierO Kosmos Meta ... CD
Rogue Art (France), 2022. New Copy ... $14.99 16.99
A record with familiar elements – piano, bass, and drums – but one that's also got an individual quality that's both unlike a standard piano trio, and some freer jazz work with similar instrumentation! The piano of Denman Maroney is already an amazing thing – he seems to play as much on the inside of the instrument as he does on the keys – which is matched by similar inspirations on the drum kit of Denis Fournier and bass of Scott Walton – as the three players move in all this amazing sonic territory that feels bold and new, but with an extremely thoughtful approach as well. These guys aren't just making noise, they're unlocking new qualities in their instruments – and with all these tones and elements that don't seem tied to other improvisation as well – almost like they've discovered a secret room in music, which they are slowly exploring as a group. The set features nine different selections, each a sonic gem of its own! CD

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NucleusElastic Rock/We'll Talk About It Later ... CD
BGO (UK), 1970/1971. New Copy 2CD ... $14.99 18.99
Heavy hitting jazz rock from the UK underground of the early 70s! Elastic Rock is seminal early album from Ian Carr's legendary Nucleus group – playing here in a version that includes Karl Jenkins and Brian Smith on reeds, and Chris Spedding on guitar. The band had a landmark sound that mixed progressive jazz and tight full-on rock fusion into a style that was sometimes funky, sometimes avant, and often pretty darn exciting! This album has lots of nice electric piano lines, and plenty of choppy sax parts that hit a nice groove in the manner that would later be taken up by a lot of European reed players. Tracks include "Torrid Zone", "Stonescape", "Striation", "1916 – The Battle Of Boogaloo", "Persephones Jive", and "Earth Mother". We'll Talk About It Later follows in a similar vein, with slightly longer songs that offer a bit more room for improvisation – and grooves that are still nice and jazzy. Titles include "Song for The Bearded Lady", "Oasis", "Ballad of Joe Pimp", "Easter 1916", and "Lullaby For A Lonely Child". CD

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Don PattersonMovin' Up! ... LP
Muse, 1977. Near Mint- ... $9.99 14.99
A nice little session from Don Patterson – proof that the organist was still going strong in the 70s! The album features a quartet with Richie Cole on alto, Billy James on drums, and Vic Juris on electric guitar – and the groove is laidback easy soul jazz, very much in the mode of Charles Earland's best work for Muse during the same period. Tracks are long, with a much more open-ended groove than Patterson's 60s recordings – and titles include "Bossa De Leon", "Trenton Makes, The World Takes", "Room 608", and "Harold's House Of Jazz". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has big initials in marker, light aging.)

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Houston PersonHouston Express ... LP
Prestige, Early 70s. Very Good ... $8.99
Houston Person's the main soloist in front of bigger backings – heard here in a style that's a bit like some of the changes in funky jazz that were going on over at Kudu Records during the same time – a filling up of the background rhythms, but still with hip players overall – and plenty of room for the main soloist to do his thing! Horace Ott conducts the backings, and brings in a soulful undercurrent that almost gives a few of the sharper numbers a soundtrack feel. Titles include "The Houston Express", "Young Gifted & Black", "Give More Power To The People", "Chains of Love", and "Enjoy". LP, Vinyl record album
(Green label pressing. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit on "Young Gifted And Black". Cover has light wear, small splits in the bottom seam, and some drip stains in front.)

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Flip PhillipsComplete 1947-1951 Verve Master Takes ... CD
Jazz Factory (Spain), Late 40s/Early 50s. Used 2 CDs ... $13.99
A classic talent from the classic years of Verve Records finally gets his due! Back in the early days of Norman Granz Verve/Clef productions, Flip Phillips was an important a player to his scene as other Granz stalwarts – like Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, and Ben Webster. Phillips recorded a number of tracks as a leader for Granz, but most of that work has never been properly reissued over the years. This set finally corrects that mistake, by bringing together 36 tracks recorded between the years 1947 and 1951 – the complete master takes of tracks that include "Be Be", "Blue Room", "Cake", "Cool", "Flip's Idea", "Vortex", "Milano", "Lover", "The Beat", "Encore", "Cookie", "Lazy River", "Put That Back", and "Flippin The Blues". CD
(Out of print.)

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Players AssociationPlayers Association/Turn The Music Up! ... CD
Vanguard/Ace (UK), Late 70s. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
A pair of gems from The Players Association – back to back on a single CD! First up is the fantastic first album from The Players Association – a group who may well have gotten their name for the great jazzy musicians in their lineup! Players Association are best known for their disco grooves, but they've got a core sense of instrumentation that's really a cut above – with strong leadership from jazzman Chris Hills – who plays drums, guitar, and keyboards – and other players who include Joe Farrell on tenor and flute, Bob Mover on alto and soprano, Jon Faddis on trumpet, and Mike Mandell on keyboards! Ray Mantilla and Buddy Williams add in some great percussion to the mix – which furthers the spontaneous, jazzy vibe of some of the tunes – and titles includes the funky cut "I Like It", which has a nice break in the beginning, plus the tracks "Let's Groove", "Hustlin", "Moon In Pisces", and a sweet cover of "For The Love Of You". Turn The Music Up is wonderful work from The Players Association – a group who were equal parts jazz funk and equal parts 70s club – with a vibe that's maybe like The Blackbyrds or other Fantasy Records acts at their best! The mighty Chris Hills is at the helm – and the record is overflowing with top-shelf talent from the jazz side of the spectrum – work by Bob Berg on tenor, Tom Harrell on trumpet, and Bob Mover on alto – all with room to solo, and really helping bring a musical maturity to the record that other disco records never seem to have! Titles include "Everybody Dance", "Ride The Groove", "The Closer I Get To You", and "I Wish". CD

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Sue RaneyAll By Myself (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Capitol (Japan), 1964. Used ... $18.99
The last Capitol album from vocalist Sue Raney – and easily the most compelling of the bunch! Sue's in really great form here – shaking off some of the cooler west coast modes of earlier records, and going for a more lively, more fluid style that's sometimes touched with the R&B influences that were creeping into jazz vocals at the time. Backings are by Ralph Carmichael – tightly jazzy, but often with plenty of room for Sue to take over – and there's a really great sense of balance, poise, and power here that far surpasses most of Raney's other albums from the time. Titles include "How About Me", "Burnt Sugar", "Some Of These Days", "Trouble Is A Man", "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying", and "Here's That Rainy Day". CD
(Out of print and still sealed! Includes obi.)

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Sonny RollinsRollins In Holland – 1967 Studio & Live Recordings ... CD
Resonance, 1967. New Copy 2 CDs ... $16.99 24.99
Stunning rare material from Sonny Rollins – from a period when he wasn't doing that much work in the studio! The double-length package features Sonny blowing with a great sense of majesty and freedom – working in trio format that recalls his classic Vanguard recordings for Blue Note – but with Ruud Jacobs on bass and Han Bennink on drums – both great players who really help Rollins keep his modern edge! This isn't just a pickup overseas rhythm section – as Bennink is fantastic, at a point right before he was moving into free jazz – and Jacobs is a hell of a bassist who always makes a group sound great. The set features four studio tracks – "Blue Room", "Four", "Tune Up", and "Love Walked In" – plus more live material from the same month – long tracks "Love Walked In", "Four", "On Green Dolphin Street/There Will Never Be Another You", "Sonnymoon For Two", "They Can't Take That Away From Me/Sonnymoon For Two", and "Three Little Words". Also features a 100 page booklet – with rare photos, essays, and even an interview with Sonny! CD

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✨✧ Lalo SchifrinBullitt – Original Soundtrack ... LP
Warner, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $19.99
Fantastic stuff! In case you don't know it, this is one of Lalo Schifrin's most incredible soundtracks, and it's a stunning mix of jazz, bossa, and groovy grooves. There's lots of cool bubbling electric bass, lilting keyboards, and moody breezy rhythms. Nearly every cut's a winner, and if you like his stuff, we can bet that this will become one of your favorites. The record's darn tough to find on wax – and cuts include "Bullitt", "Room 26", "On the Way To San Mateo", and "Shifting Gears". LP, Vinyl record album
(UK reissue on Reactive.)

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Don SebeskyGiant Box ... LP
CTI, 1973. Near Mint- 2LP Box Set ... $5.99
One of the most ambitious albums on CTI – a very large project in which Don Sebesky seems to work with just about everyone else who recorded for the label! The Giant Box title is apt – as the record originally came packaged in a cardboard box – room enough to hold the 2 records that comprised it, all the long tunes on the set, and the huge array of cast who helped out on the project. Players include Sebesky on organ, piano, and electric piano – plus Baws, Joe Farrell, Paul Desmond, and many others. There's some sweet vocal backgrounds on the set – by Jackie & Roy, Lani Groves, and Tasha Thomas – and titles include "Vocalise", "Semi Tough", "Firebird/Birds Of Fire", "Free As A Bird", and "Song To A Seagul". Great stuff – with bits of funk, jazz, and ambitious arrangements – all filtered into the cool CTI sound! LP, Vinyl record album
(Box has split corners and some waviness from moisture on the back.)

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Charlie ShaversComplete Charlie Shavers With Maxine Sullivan ... CD
Bethlehem/Avenue, Mid 50s. Used ... $3.99
An unusual slice of work by trumpeter Charlie Shavers – proof of his vitality and the range of his powers during the 50s! The first 4 tracks feature Shavers in a sextet with Hank D'Amico, Bennie Morton, Ken Kersey, Aaron Bell and Panama Francis, and some narration by Al Jazzbo Collins! Collins provides some hipster speak that sets that stage for a variety of older tunes featuring Shavers on solo. The set list includes "Dark Eyes", "Dawn On The Desert", "Story Of The Jazz Trumpet", and "Moten Swing" – all done in pretty cool, swinging versions. Side 2 of the LP features Shavers leading another sextet in front of the John Kirby Orchestra with vocalist Maxine Sullivan alongside too, and all of which include Buster Bailey on clarinet, Russell Procope on alto, and Billy Kyle on piano – on tunes that include "Windy", "Rose Room", "If I Had A Ribbon Row", "Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm", and "Molly Malone". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jimmy SmithAt Club Baby Grand Vol 1 (RVG remaster edition) ... CD
Blue Note, 1956. Used ... $6.99
Jimmy Smith heard in the kind of setting that spawned him – playing live at Delaware's Club Baby Grand – just the sort of smoky little jazz room that initially fostered his talents! The liveness of the set brings a really nice edge to the album – a sound that's grittier than some of Jimmy Smith's studio work of the early Blue Note years – and which features him really stretching out on the Hammond, taking close to 10 minutes to run through each tune – and that's saying a lot, given that there's hardly any other soloists! The rest of the group features Thornel Schwartz on guitar and Donald Bailey on drums – and tracks on this first volume include "Sweet Georgia Brown", "Where Or When", "Rosetta", and "The Preacher". CD

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Johnny SmithDesigned For You ... LP
Roost, 1959. Very Good ... $4.99
Johnny Smith really helped bring the sound of jazz guitar to a huge audience in the 50s – and an album like this is a perfect demonstration of his subtle genius on the instrument! At a time when so many others were working the guitar with a hard-edged sound, Smith moves into territory that's even more careful and precise – really making the most of the amplification on the strings, so that his touch can be gentle, but very pointed – allowing for lots of space between the notes, in a way that makes each of them mean even more than they might if strung together in a flurry. The group's a trio – with the bass and drums really giving Johnny a lot of room – and titles include "Three Little Words", "I'll Remember Clifford", "The Lady Is A Tramp", "Autumn Leaves", "Sometimes I'm Happy", and "Mood Indigo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono pressing with deep groove. Cover has some wear and aging, with a 2 inch center split in the bottom seam.)

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SpiritTwelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus ... LP
Epic, 1970. Very Good+ Gatefold ... $8.99
The crowning achievement of Spirit – a wonderful blend of many musical strands at once – and a set so successful for the group, you probably could have found in any college dorm room in the early 70s! The record's really a cut above for their generation – an expansive effort that hangs together with a bit of a concept, and which interweaves strands of rock, folk, and a bit of jazz – yet also a record that has a lot more polish than other efforts of its type, and which trades a bit of psychedelic indulgence for a tighter focus that really lets the best tunes sparkle wonderfully! Production is great – clear, but trippy at the same time – and Randy California's guitar work has never sounded better. Titles include "Nature's Way", "Animal Zoo", "Love Has Found A Way", "Mr Skin", "Soldier", "Street Worm", and "Space Child". LP, Vinyl record album
(Later blue label pressing, in a barcode cover, with light surface wear.)
Also available Twelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 16.99

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SpiritTwelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Epic/Esoteric (UK), 1970. New Copy 2CDs ... $16.99 24.99
The crowning achievement of Spirit – a wonderful blend of many musical strands at once – and a set so successful for the group, you probably could have found in any college dorm room in the early 70s! The record's really a cut above for their generation – an expansive effort that hangs together with a bit of a concept, and which interweaves strands of rock, folk, and a bit of jazz – yet also a record that has a lot more polish than other efforts of its type, and which trades a bit of psychedelic indulgence for a tighter focus that really lets the best tunes sparkle wonderfully! Production is great – clear, but trippy at the same time – and Randy California's guitar work has never sounded better. Titles include "Nature's Way", "Animal Zoo", "Love Has Found A Way", "Mr Skin", "Soldier", "Street Worm", and "Space Child". This amazing 2CD reissue features new remastering, new notes, and 11 more bonus tracks on CD1 – including "I Want My Smoke", "Street Worm (live backing track)", "Dirty Dan", "Red Light Roll On", "Natures Way (Fillmore West)", "Walking On My Feet", "Love Has Found A Way (backing track)", and "Rougher Road". CD2 features 17 more tracks – a live set recorded at the Fillmore West in May of 1970! CD
Also available Twelve Dreams Of Dr Sardonicus ... LP 8.99
 
 
 



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